Overwhelmed?

It is good to remember that Jesus was tempted in all points as we are. Hebrews 4:15 says, “…yet without sin.” He totally understands what we are going through when we feel overwhelmed.


Jesus prayed in the garden. Luke 22:42 says, “…Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done.” Verse 43 says that the angel came and strengthened Him.


What did Job do when he lost everything in a day? Job 1:13-22 was one report after another. The words, ‘while he was speaking’ occurred on the same day! Verse 22 says, “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” We know from Job 2:13 that when his three friends saw him, they sat down with him for seven days and nights. No one spoke a word.


What did David do when they arrived at Ziklag bone weary? His men talked of stoning him! I am sure that they were all overwhelmed. Their wives and children were gone and the city was burned with fire. David was distressed. 1 Samuel 30:6 says, “…But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” Being overwhelmed can derail us or set us on His path of righteousness. David’s men derailed, but David course corrected.


Ziklag was not an isolated case. David wrote several Psalms that spoke of him being overwhelmed. Psalm 143:4 says, “Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is distressed.”


When we are in a spiritual fetal position, the Lord is there. He surrounds us with His Presence to comfort and sustain. There are times when we are unable to feed on His word. That is alright. He understands.


The Lord has a wonderful course of action for one of His who is distressed, dismayed, overwhelmed, barely functioning, or has given up. The Holy Spirit brings a phrase of a verse, or a verse into our mind. He uses His word to strengthen, reinforce, and fortify our heart.


Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord…feed on His faithfulness.” As the Holy Spirit ministers to our heart, trust will awaken. Our thoughts will turn to the Lord. Through our heart we will taste His goodness once again.


After David expressed how he was overwhelmed, he prayed a prayer we can all adopt. Psalm 143:8 says, “Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk.”

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