Whenever you find yourself in a stressful situation, always consult God before you consult your family and friends. Seek His recommendations before you seek those of experts and specialists for people are not able to see the entire picture of your stressful situation as clearly and as completely as God can see it from His Heavenly perspective.

Learn from Job whose friends thought God was punishing him because of his sinfulness when he was faced with his stressful situation. Their advice was therefore based on their understanding (or rather misunderstanding) for nothing could have been further from the truth than that for in God’s own words, Job was a man who feared Him, was blameless, upright and shunned evil. (Job 1:8)

The same could be true for you as your family and friends look at your stressful situation and interpret it according to their experiences, insight and character. Their appraisal and advice therefore may be completely correct or fully flawed or thoroughly muddled.

Therefore, seek God’s advice first for He knows everything about your situation including the person who can best help you.

Adapted from Managing Stress with the Word of God by Dr. Miriam Kinai (C) 2006 For more info click here

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