Last week we gave a clear example of the law of attribution in someone’s life. Did you think of any examples from your own life? When we believe something to be stress producing, it will be. I have been in many traffic jams and find it rather amusing as I look around at the different reactions among drivers. One driver is visibly frustrated and on their phone, another on their GPS trying to find an alternative route, others are yelling at someone in the car or at no one and still another is just sitting there calmly reading a book. What is the difference between the one yelling and the one reading? It’s the same traffic jam. No one is going anywhere and yet one is enjoying the moment and another is steaming with anger. That which we attribute to be stress producing will be.
Is there an answer to this dilemma? Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.” Jesus never feared the storm. In fact, He even slept through one in the bottom of a boat. I love Psalm 112:7 which says, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Why? Verse eight tells us, “His heart is secure, he will have no fear…” We make the choice to be in fear, in anxiety or stress. When we do so, we are saying that our issue is too big for God to handle or be concerned with. And that thought, my friend, is full of pride.