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What does the Bible say about stress?

Worry is the human reaction to the events of our lives and the unknown outcome of our present situation. It realizes our personal limitation and our inability to control the future. Jesus told us not to worry. In Matthew 6, he said:
  • Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? (25)
  • And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. (28)
  • So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (31)
  • Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (34)
Jesus made a bold statement here, telling us not to worry because He promises to take care of us.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

The answer to stress is trusting God to take care of us. It’s not easy, but it’s better than growing an ulcer over your situation.

Some believe stress is a sin. The Bible is clear about sin and stress is not listed as a sin. (Hopefully that will relieve more stress) However, stress is an indication of a lack of relationship with God or the deterioration of that intimacy. Sin may be causing that fracture. A lack of trust in God and His above mentioned promises will always produce stress.

So stress may be a symptom of sin, but not a sin.