The first thing that you should do when you are faced by any stressful situation, even if it is an emergency, is to seek the Lord and inquire from Him what you should do about it. Pray and ask Him to fill you with the wisdom and understanding that His Spirit gives so that you may know the right thing to do regardless of whether your stressful situation is due to your health failing, your family fighting or your finances floundering.

Seek the Lord first and don’t be wise in your own eyes and imagine that you know it all. (Proverbs 3:7) Learn from King Jehoshaphat who first sought the Lord’s direction when they were attacked by several armies including those of the Moabites and Ammonites. He did not first order his army to prepare for war even though one of their cities had already being captured. He first sought the Lord to find out what they were to do about their urgent stressful situation. (2 Chronicles 20:1-4)

Therefore, do not rush to make any decision, speak hastily or hurry to do whatever you think may be the right thing to do at that particular time. Call on the Lord first for He urges us to call Him and He will answer us and reveal to us things we could never have figured out on our own. (Jeremiah 33:3) So call Him even in an emergency for those fresh insights will enable you to make more constructive decisions.

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

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