March 13: “How to Relax During the Stresses of Life”

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Today’s Bible Reading:

Numbers 19:1-20:29
Luke 1:1-25
Psalm 56:1-13
Proverbs 11:8

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 56:3 (NLT): “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

When my children were much younger, they seemed to not have a care in the world. I could develop sweaty palms as I drove down the interstate in a blinding storm – and they were in the backseat giggling. I could be overcome by stress as I looked at the checkbook, realizing that there wasn’t enough money to pay a utility bill – and they were chasing each other through the house.

That’s the nature of children. They trust. And because they trust, they just don’t worry.

Have you noticed as you read through the Gospels that Jesus periodically took a child up into his arms (Mark 9:36-37) and encouraged His followers to be like that child? He wants His followers to trust Him. When we trust Him, we become like children who are much more carefree than we, as adults, tend to be.

That’s the beautiful truth we see in this morning’s verse for today.

Psalm 56:3 (NLT): “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”

So, be an adult and do what you should in each circumstance. If the car is making a strange noise, be responsible and get it looked at. If you are struggling financially to make ends meet, look for a second job. If you’re driving through a blinding storm, consider taking the next exit to safety.

But, through it all, learn to trust Jesus. The more you trust Him, just like a child who trusts their parents, the more you will be able to be at peace in your inner being.

“Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him,
How I’ve proved Him o’r and o’r.
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus,
Oh for grace to trust Him more.”

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida ( His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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