Have you ever felt like everything is just too much? You may have been working tirelessly towards your goals will little or nothing to show while the size of the mountain still to climb towers above you.
Perhaps life has been hitting you with a different trial at every turn: family challenges, financial trouble, ministry problems, health worries, it goes on and on.
That’s what king David called overwhelm. The dictionary definition is overpowered or overcome by something stronger. When floodwaters overwhelm a village, they invade, they cover and they bring destruction.
When it’s all too much
It’s horrible to be overwhelmed. It makes us feel like quitting, like giving up on our goals and surrendering to defeat. We reach the point when it seems like it’s all too much and we can’t carry on.
David cried out to God that he felt overwhelmed. That tells me that even the strongest of leaders contend with this. So what do we do about it? It’s clear we need to escape the torrent of discouragement it brings – and we need to get out quickly.
In Psalm 61:2, David prayed, “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” I want to share 3 steps to overcoming overwhelm. You may not need these now, but chances are, you’ll need them some day soon.
1. God is bigger
You need to know that God is bigger than the things that are bigger than you. He can handle the things that we can’t. He has got this, and He has got you. He is your Rock. That means He is stable, unwavering, immovable and safe.
2. He won’t fail
Recently I was feeling awfully overwhelmed. I’d been working harder than ever to see Healed for Life established and yet kept facing soul-destroying setbacks. Although we had made amazing progress, all I was aware of was the size of the assignment. I was discouraged, disheartened and disappointed.
I brought my bewilderment to the Lord in prayer. I told Him how I was feeling and asked for His help. I was moved to tears by the words I heard: “I will not fail you.”
I want you to hear those words too. Your Lord, your Heavenly Father will not fail you. His ways are not our ways (which can make life extra painful while we wait) but His promises are still yes and amen. Psalm 25:3 says, “No-one who trusts in You shall ever be disgraced.” Keep trusting. He will not let you down.
3. Give up!
Anytime overwhelm has overcome our hearts or minds, we are carrying a whole host of cares. I Peter 5:7 in the Amplified says: “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
It’s time to give every concern, every angst, every worry, every fear to God in prayer. See yourself giving over every issue, one by one, to the Lord. When we hold onto a problem, we have to solve it. When we give it to God, He has to take care of it. I know whose hands I would rather trust!
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