Sermon Devotions

Navigating Life’s Storms

A Biblical Perspective on Stress Management

Day 1: Understanding Stress from God’s Perspective

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV

In this passage, Jesus provides us with a profound insight into the reality of stress and tribulation. Stress is a part of our human existence in a fallen world; however, as followers of Christ, we have the assurance of peace. Why? Because Jesus, our Lord, has already overcome the world. Then, the stresses of our daily life are placed into perspective: yes, they are real, but they are not ultimate. Our ultimate hope is in Christ, the One who has already achieved victory.

Picture this – you’re on a boat amidst a raging storm. Waves are crashing against the side, the wind is fierce, and the outlook appears grim. But then, you remember – the captain of your ship is none other than Jesus Himself. He, who calmed the storm with a simple command, is in control. Just like in this image, we are not promised a storm-free journey in life, but we are promised the best captain – one who has already overcome the world.

  • What does Jesus promise us in John 16:33?
  • How does Jesus describe the world in this passage?
  • How does Jesus’s victory affect our experience of stress and trouble?
  • How does the reality of Jesus’s victory change your perspective on your current stresses?
  • How can you lean on Jesus’s promise of peace daily?
  • How might you encourage a friend or loved one with this verse during stress?


Reflect on Jesus’s promise of peace and His victory over the world. Ask God for the strength to hold onto these truths amidst the stresses of your daily life. Pray for His peace to rule in your heart and for the courage to share this peace with others.

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