Source of Stress
One source is catastrophes. These are things such as war, flood, earthquakes, rape, fires, and torture. Paul described this as, “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep” (2 Corinthians 11:25). Pretty traumatic, don’t you think?
A second source is significant life changes. In this list we include retirement, divorce, bankruptcy, job loss, illness, and the loss of a spouse. Paul spoke of being imprisoned. A heart attack or breast cancer certainly hurls a hazard into our life that causes strain.
The third general source I consider in this study is the every day hassles and apprehension we face in the workplace, home, or just whatever life brings. Little things that taken one at a time might not seem like much, but they have an accumulating impact on our bodies and minds – and quality of life.
Paul described his daily hassles as, “I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
How Stress Works
It is important in understanding stress that the cycle starts with a danger that confronts you in your physical, social or spiritual world. You draw in the raw data through your senses (eyes, hearing, etc.) regarding the nature of the peril, and interpret the information in your mind.
After you have placed a meaning on the threat, your body dumps stress chemicals, such as adrenalin and cortisol, into your system. Those chemicals you label as an emotion, which is a burst of energy for your body to carry out the instructions given by your mind. After the danger has passed, and you have completed the coping action, then your body settles back down to normal.
BIBLE STUDY QUESTIONS
1. Read Luke 22:41-44. Explain the relationship between stress and bodily reactions in the case of Jesus.
2. What did Jesus do to deal with the stress in the Garden of Gethsemane?
3. What are the major sources of stress in your life?
4. What impact does stress have on you? What would other people say the impact is?
5. Read Paul’s experience with trauma in 2 Corinthians 11:23-33 and 12:8-10. Sort out the sources of threat and danger he faced. Can you identify with any of them? How?
6. Considering question five, how did Paul handle the threats to his life?
7. Study 1 Kings chapters 18 and 19. Elijah was confronted with rejection, political and religious opposition, and threats on his life. What was the impact of these events on him physically, mentally, and emotionally (cf. 19:1-10, 14)? How did God deal with Elijah’s condition?
8. Study Joshua 1:1-9. What did God tell Joshua to do to handle the pressure of leadership placed upon him? Do you believe God was truthful? Why would you believe such?
9. Study Luke 22:54-62 and John 21:1-22. How did Peter react to the very threatening events of Jesus’ arrest? How did Jesus respond to Peter’s failure?
10. What stands out to you the most in this Bible teaching about stress? Got all the info above from Bible Teaching About. To read the whole think click here.
Stress can be caused by worry and fear! Here are some Bible Verses about stress:
MY presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
It is the LORD who goes before you. HE will be with you; HE will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Psalm 42: 5, 8
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in GOD; for I shall again praise him, my help and my GOD. By day the LORD commands HIS steadfast love, and at night his son is with me, a prayer to the GOD of my life.
Matthew 11: 28-31
Come to ME, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take MY yoke upon you and learn from ME, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For MY yoke is easy and MY burden is light.
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