â€œâ€¦And your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.â€ – Ephesians 6:15
People today live pressure-filled lives and itâ€™s taking its toll. Dr. Joel Elkes says, â€œOur mode of life – the way we live – is emerging as todayâ€™s main cause of illness.â€ The American Academy of Family Physicians says that two-thirds of all visits to doctors are stress related, and that stress is now known as the major contributor to heart disease, cancer, accidental injuries, and suicide.â€
People attend stress seminars and devour books on stress. Sometimes they find that just focusing on it makes them more uptight. But, letâ€™s face it – stress and pressure are a part of life.
Even Jesus Christ promised us that weâ€™ll all face it. He said, â€œIn this world youâ€™ll face much tribulation.â€ Tribulation also means pressure. He goes on to say, â€œâ€¦but take heart. I have overcome the world.â€ Jesus does not promise us freedom from pressure, but He does promise us peace amidst the stress. Inner peace is a by-product of knowing Christ as Savior and Lord. The good news is, itâ€™s available to all who trust in Him.
Yes, pressure is a part of life, but Christ gives us peace amidst the pressure. And thatâ€™s not a bad way to live!