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“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’– Eckhart Tolle

Published on 7/13/2017
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Some of us are hard of hearing.  We ignore physical, mental, and spiritual warning signs.  God wants us to tune our ears to the messages He sends us through our minds and bodies.

 God uses stress to help us redefine or rediscover our priorities.  Everyone has priorities.  Some have never chosen or experienced the right ones and need to redefine them.  Others of us have long known the right priorities and merely need to rediscover them: we have tasted right priorities, but we have allowed ourselves to drift away from them; we have replaced fellowship with entertainment, giving with buying, and family time with the television, the lawn, the remodeling job, the causes, and the committees.

 

By abandoning our God-given priorities we set ourselves up to learn a hard lesson.  In essence we do what the Israelites did: lived in paneled houses while God’s house became a ruin (Haggai 1:4).  In response, God sent lack of fulfillment, disillusionment, and failure as His messengers.  He withheld His blessing till His people rediscovered their priorities.

Twice in Haggai 1:5-11, God’s people are admonished to “Give careful thought to your ways.”  Stress should take us back to the basics.  It is an opportunity to re-evaluate our priorities and bring them in line with God’s.

 

God uses stress to draw us to Himself.  Time and again it was said of the people of Israel, “But in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them” (2 Chronicles 15:4). It was in Jonah’s darkest hour, in his most stressful circumstances that he said this: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me” (Jonah 2:2).  The Psalms are full of references of turning to God, seeking Him and finding Him in times of intense stress.

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