be troubled. Trust in God”
Our complex society generates multiple pressures that affect each of us. People of an earlier age would have thought that if man could achieve the automation of today, his life would be so easy and carefree it would be boring.
Such a concept couldn’t be further from the truth! Along with all the technological advancements of this computer age has come a complexity that is far removed from the simpler and often serene life of our forefathers.
The increased incidence of heart problems, high blood pressure, and other stress-related maladies testify to today’s pressures.
Psychologists point out four contributing causes of anxiety. (1) Rush sicknesses — trying to cram 30 hours of activities into a 24-hour day. (2) Straining — those who are not getting ahead as fast as they desire.
Then (3) Mobility — in a recent 5-year period, 75 million Americans changed homes, uprooting parents and children from family, church, and community relationships. (4) Threat of nuclear destruction.
However, God’s plan is for man to live on a different plane. Christ said, “In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
The writer James Hefley points out: “The Christian’s answer is to center and unify one’s emotions around God’s purpose for living. ... With Him the way to freedom is surrender; the way up is down; and the way to receive is to give. Thus comes peace and release from anxiety.”
Nonetheless, Christ was sometimes agitated. Twice he drove worldly men from the Temple area, saying they had made His Father’s house a den of thieves; and at the tomb of Lazarus He was troubled, disturbed and deeply agitated. That kind of anxiety Christ approves.
However, in these days of stress and strain you need to learn to “Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Christ had a world to save and only 12 men to help Him. Besides, the task had to be completed within a few years.
Nonetheless, He stopped the disciples for relaxation. They needed it. There were times they were so busy they hardly had time to eat. Sound familiar?
Mark of the Scriptures gives the revealing account of the disciples’ need to rest: “The apostles now returned to Jesus from their tour and told Him all they had done and what they had said to the people they had visited.
“Then Jesus suggested, ‘Let’s get away from the crowds for awhile and rest’ for so many people were coming and going that they scarcely had time to eat. So they left by boat for a quieter spot” (Mark 6:30-32).
Quite likely, our Lord was criticized for taking a vacation at such a busy time. Some people have a false concept about the endurance of a person. They think that somehow exhaustion and fatigue do not matter.
Of course, that is not true. Jesus knew that if the disciples did not come apart and rest, they would quite likely just come apart!