Pressure produces heat. When a material like air or water is condensed as the result of pressure heat is created because the space between particles is reduced causing more collisions between the particles and the subsequent release of energy from the collisions. This may sound like a science textbook but the reality is that we as human beings find ourselves under pressure quite often.

There are external forces in our lives that seem to weigh down on us and create heat that tends to destabilize the integrity of the support systems in our lives. The question is are we merely subject to external forces or can we repel these forces to keep them from reshaping our lives?

The bible tells us that there are many times that our “soul melts from heaviness.” Psalm 119:28a We are after all physical beings with limitations. And yet are we really limited by our natural state of being? It often feels that way, but the bible tells us that there is a way to buttress ourselves under the impending stress that we feel. Continuing on in Psalm 119 the author says to the Lord “Strengthen me according to Your word.”

God’s word is our strength. This is not some generic prescription for success, but a carefully proscribed tool for our success.

Are you lonely? The bible says

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Are you tempted? The bible says:

“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

Do you lack wisdom? The bible says:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ” James 1:5

Doubting the power of these texts? Well the bible unequivocally tells us that the word of God is our source of strength. We have a choice: do we melt from the pressure or do we listen to God’s word? May you find strength in God’s word for today’s challenges.