Scripture refers to pressure in life as tribulation. The Webster dictionary defines tribulation as misery or distress — a trial.
A biblical example of pressure in life would be that of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when they refused to bow down and worship before a golden image.
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon declared that anyone refusing to bow down and worship would be cast into a fiery furnace.
Here’s their dilemma — compromise their faith to live, or refuse and face death by fire. Now, that’s pressure.
In this world, the pressures we face are designed by Satan to bring us down, whereas the peace God provides will elevate us so that we can live above the circumstances.
Finding God’s peace is like finding a pressure release valve, and it’s only as far away as prayer.
The three young believers in Babylon thought more of honoring God than they did their own physical lives. As a result, God honored their faith and delivered them.
Firmly planted on the word of God, we have a spiritual adversary who will go to battle for us — Christ our Savior. By giving Him this premium place in our lives, we position ourselves for rescue when trouble comes.
Our tribulations come from without. They manifest themselves in ways that are threatening. They open the door to fear, which opens the door to doubt.
Contrary to the way trouble strikes, our peace from God comes from within. A settled heart and mind are products of trusting Him. Faith in the life-giver will keep doubt and fear from taking over.
We read about Jesus instructing the disciples just prior to the cross in John 16:33. He tells them, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Philippians 4:6 tells us not to be anxious, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving to let our requests be known to God. And, then in verse seven it tells us why.
“So that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will keep our heart and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Jesus is the pressure release valve. Scripture says, “In Him we live and move and have our being.”
God not only delivered the three believers in Babylon from the fiery furnace, but He was with them in the midst. He literally was seen as a fourth person in the furnace. When they walked away, unbound and unscathed from the fire, scripture records that their hair and clothing wasn’t even singed and no smell of fire was on them.
Now, that’s protection from the same God who wants to deliver us from our tribulations. His personal promise is found in Hebrews 13:5,6. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”