How Do You Deal with the Pressure?
HAVE YOU EVER heard of the Mariana snailfish…?
It lives in some of the deepest caverns of the ocean. There is no light there, and the temperature is near freezing.
Perhaps, the harshest factor of all is the pressure. The pressure at those depths is a thousand times greater than it is at the surface.
Yet, due to its design, the Mariana snailfish not only survives, it thrives. God gave the hand-sized fish a flexible skull and bones to cope with the extreme pressure of its environment. He also gave the fish special chemicals to stabilize it, so that the pressure inside of the fish is greater than the pressure outside of the fish.
If God did this for a fish, and He did, then you know that He must have given us special ways to cope with the pressure that our environment exerts upon us. Instead of flexible skulls and bones, God has given us fellowship and prayer (Gal. 6:2; 1 Pet. 5:7). Instead of special chemicals to stabilize us, God has filled us with a peace, a joy, a love, and a faith that is greater than the pressure outside of us (Phil. 4:7; 1 Pet. 1:8; Eph. 3:19; 1 John 5:4).
David Jeremiah. Everything You Need, p. ix-x.