A lot of you are feeling like you are under pressure.
Maybe you’re facing financial pressures, work pressures, or family pressures.
Maybe you’re feeling pressure in your relationships or the pressure to remain healthy in the midst of a pandemic that just won’t go away.
Maybe the weight of all that is happening in our culture is putting pressure on you.
One of the things that has helped me most when I am under pressure is the re-gaining of perspective.
When armed with the proper perspective, pressure becomes an opportunity to grow in faith, honor God, and point others to Jesus.
Look at what the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11…
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
That feeling of “pressure” is a reminder to lean into the power of God.
Relying on God may not remove the circumstances that are creating the pressure you’re feeling, but it will equip you with the kind of perspective and inner strength that allows you to embrace the challenge and turn it into a platform for honoring God.
The God who is able and willing to deliver you through your hardships.