Strength In God
Friday, June 26, 2015
Studies looking at the role of faith in the process of coping with stress, loss, or death have found it to be an important variable.
One study found that faith was rated as the single most effective coping strategy in dealing with loss; another study found 78% of the respondents reporting that religion was involved in helping them cope with a significant negative life event.30
Religion has been identified as an important coping resource for many health challenges. Positive impacts have been noted including (a) reducing depressive symptoms, (b) increasing satisfaction with life, (c) reducing length of hospital stay, and (d) reducing risk of alcohol abuse.31
More than 80 studies published over the last 100 years showed that religious/spiritual factors were generally linked with lower rates of depression.32
Researchers have found that spiritual resources contribute to a patient’s ability to deal with the physical and emotional stresses of surgery or chronic or serious medical illness as well.
One particular study revealed that, after controlling for severity of fracture, elderly women who underwent surgery for hip fractures had the best surgical outcome when they indicated that God was a strong source of strength and comfort and that they attended religious services frequently. These women were less depressed and walked farther when discharged from the hospital than those who lacked a strong religious commitment.33
The research seems clear: religious beliefs and faith clearly bring both emotional and physical benefits. This shouldn’t be at all surprising, should it? It is God’s will and desire for us to have an abundant life that is filled with health, peace, purpose and meaning.
When you face emotional challenges, talk to God. Go to His Word and seek His face. Continue trusting Him. Although we cannot know the future we can know that God is on our side and only has our best in mind.34-35
He longs for us to trust Him and enjoy an intimate relation with Him. Look up to God, focus on Him and allow His love and mercy to calm your soul. By focusing on Him and His transformational love, you will be lifted above your challenges. Knowing Him brings healing. In John 10:10, NKJV, Christ says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”36
He longs to give us the life He designed for us at Creation. He wants us to live life to the fullest.