This article was originally posted on creationhealth.com on Friday, September 01, 2017
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 the single most effective coping strategy when dealing with loss was faith. Another study found 78% of the respondents said religion helped them cope with a significant negative life event.
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 the length of hospital stay, and (d) reducing the risk of alcohol abuse. More than 80 studies published over the last 100 years showed that religious/spiritual factors were generally linked with lower rates of depression.
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 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.
The research is clear.
Religious beliefs and faith 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. Specifically, a life filled with health, peace, purpose, and meaning.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” ~ John 14:1-3
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. He longs for us to trust Him and enjoy an intimate relationship 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 Christ says, “I have come that they may live life to the fullest.”