Have you ever stopped to consider the sheer number of things that are used to stress us out? People and things are easily able to take us out of our “normal” healthy emotional states. From the car that cuts us off as we try to make the left turn to the boss that we can’t ever seem to make happy. Now, in our time of social media dominance, it is so easy to carry frustrations in the palms of our hands while checking status’s and such.
So, what do you do when you are frustrated and stressed? Some turn to their normal routine of alcohol consumption, others go drastically to hard drugs, or hard living to drown out the pain and stress of that they feel.
What if there was another way to help yourself?
As a preacher, of course my goal is to point you to the Bible and to Jesus’ words, please let me show you something.
Jesus says in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” Peace. Isn’t that what we are always looking for, really?
Peace is the feeling of tranquility in our hearts and minds. Jesus says in this verse that He has peace, and gives it to us. Think of that for a moment. Jesus has peace that He will give to us!
It is a wonderful thought to know that God, himself has peace to give us, but Jesus says He gives us something else too. In John 15:11, He shows us something else that He has for us to deal with our emotions, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” Joy. First He gives us peace, and now we see He has joy to give us as well. Peace. Joy.
Joy is like peace, as it helps us be content even in the most difficult situations. However, please don’t be confused with earthly happiness. Earthly happiness is temporary. It depends on what “happens” to us. Happiness is great, but joyful happiness is better. Joy is the sweet confidence that even through difficulty, God is in control.
If peace and joy come from Jesus, can you see the Eternal and internal benefits of obtaining these? One, God’s joy and peace lasts forever. It doesn’t run out, and it doesn’t depend on others or good circumstances. Second, it totally transforms our core emotional state, no matter where, or what we are going through.
So, can God help us in our emotions? The Biblical answer is, yes. As with all scripture, there is our part. Most scripture has God doing something, and us doing something. God has already provided the peace, and joy. Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you, peace I give to you.” And “that your joy will be complete.” This is God’s part. Our part is found in Proverbs 3.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
“Trust in the Lord” is the first requirement in attempting great in God. The second one is equally profound and difficult, “lean not on your own understanding.” Finally, the next thing we are asked to do is “acknowledge Him” in all our ways. Our part is trust God, don’t trust ourselves and acknowledge or give attention to God in everything we do.
Truth is, if we were honest with ourselves. Our lack of peace and joy happen during times of great frustration where WE have been trying to carry the load and fix things on our own. As Dr. Phil says, “How’s that working for you?”
When we do things God’s way, He gives us peace and joy. That’s why people can have joy without happiness, and happiness without joy. But we can’t have God’s joy without God. Will you trust Him this day, even in your emotions? Call on Him in prayer and ask Him to help you. I promise you if you do your part, He will do His.