Meeting Life’s Pressures
By Lois J. Stucky
Many of God’s people are experiencing today more pressure in their lives than ever before. In today’s “pell-mell” living, with society spiraling downward, pressures are coming upon some of God’s people in a measure that threatens to overcome them. On a personal scale, there are increasing conflicts in homes, or it may be layoffs at work, financial reverses in business or farming, weather-related calamities, sudden deaths or debilitating disease of dear ones, escalating crime in areas that were formerly safe, making innocents injured victims. Perhaps it is yourself with a life-threatening disease or a fiery temptation that is wearing you down. You may have a heavy burden for something that has not responded to prayer – for unsaved family, or a barren church which urgently needs cleansing from sin and a gracious inflowing of the Holy Spirit to bring fresh life and conversions.
Perhaps you are in a country with severe economic conditions that make it a struggle to feed and clothe and school your family. Justice may be replaced by bribery and selfishness and corruption. A religion opposed to Christianity may isolate Christians or persecute and kill or leave them in utterly destitute circumstances.
Power to the Faint
W. C. Moore, founder of Herald of His Coming, has written helpfully to Christians under pressure:
“To whom is it that God gives power? It is the faint. To whom does He increase strength? To them that have no might (Isa. 40:29).
“Melanchthon said, ‘Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.’ Believe God to deal with that difficult or impossible situation, and let Him make it a great blessing to us, to humble us, and to teach us to put our trust in Him alone! Our blessed Heavenly Father wants us to permit all things to work together for our good, not for our harm. He desires that we be so anointed with His Spirit that we will be polished by the grindstone of life, not ground down.
“We never would pray so earnestly if we did not have troubles. Brother, Sister, tested and tried, perplexed and cast down, look to Jesus, the blessed Son of God. Utterly trust Him, no matter how things seem to be! Praise His name! Let every test be a stepping-stone to a closer walk with God!
“‘My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations’ (Jas. 1:2). ‘In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you’ (1 Thes. 5:18).”