Coping with Life Pressures

Puffed with dew and light

As I am reading through the Bible this year, I have come to the book of Proverbs, the lists of wise sayings. The one that caught my eye was Proverbs 24:10 “If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.”

A science experiment proves that having less pressure inside a can will cause the can to collapse.…/incredible-can-crusher

Sometimes it feels like the pressures around us multiply: work complications, weather worries, family frustrations, failures of friends, health handicaps, separations like divorce or death.

On our own, these forces could lead to personal collapse. Physical illness, depression or more subtly, apathy, tempt us to shrink back, to avoid risk, to be like the can and fail to be used as God created us to be. (Eph. 2:10)

River edge

With Christ living within us, His strength keeps us strong. I John 4:4 “My children, you have come from God and have conquered these spirits because the One who lives within you is greater than the one in this world.”

Michael Larson

Today, let His greatness keep your inner man strong.

Ephesians 3:16-19
Father, out of Your honorable and glorious riches, strengthen Your people. Fill their souls with the power of Your Spirit so that through faith the Anointed One will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced. God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings.

(sunset photo by Michael Larson)


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