Stress can take us down one of two paths. For many, stress leads to unrest. Frustrations at work, responsibilities at home, deadlines at school, unfinished to-do lists, heartbreaking headlines, and troubled relationships all pile up to an overwhelming sense of weariness, exhaustion, pressure, and unrest. And the enemy wants to use the unrest to arrest you – to hold you captive to the pressures and stresses of life.
But God’s plan – His path for stress – leads not to painful unrest but rather peaceful rest. The enemy wants to overwhelm you with unrest, but the Lord wants you to overcome with His rest.
We hope you’re encouraged by these truths from God’s Word. This article is a sample from our Keys for Living book on Stress.
We pray the Lord will help you find peace and rest as you look to Him.
“Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
(Matthew 11:29 NLT)
Hope for the Stressed
12 Promises of Peace
God is with you in times of stress.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
God sees and knows your stress.
“But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand.”
God wants to give you peace when your heart is troubled, stressed, and afraid.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
God wants to carry your burden and give you rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
God wants to guide you when you’re too stressed to make decisions.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
God wants to strengthen you when you’re weak and weary.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
God wants to deliver you from your stress.
“They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”
God wants to comfort you in times of stress.
“I, yes I, am the one who comforts you.”
God wants to use your stress to increase your dependence on Him.
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself … But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”
(2 Corinthians 1:8–9)
God wants you to talk to Him about your stress and set you free.
“In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free.”
(Psalm 118:5 NLT)
God wants you to trust Him and be a refuge for you in times of stress.
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
God wants you to worship Him even in times of stress.
“I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.”
(Genesis 35:3 NLT)
Helpful Resources on Stress
Video Course on Stress
This video course can help you:
- Recognize the impact of stress on the body, mind, and soul
- Respond to stress in a healthy way – mentally, physically, and spiritually
- Discover God’s promises to us in our stress
- Gain practical tips for reducing stress
- Learn how to help others manage stress
This video course gives you a context for life change – to study and reflect on what God says about stress and find practical steps to manage it with God’s help and grace.