I find comfort when I read that Paul endured great pressure, far beyond his ability to endure. Later he said this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God. Have you ever been pushed to the brink where you had no answer or ability to endure, totally overwhelmed? Did you know that Jesus was overwhelmed too? In Mark 14, Jesus says prior to his arrest and death on the cross, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” Who did Jesus turn to? He fell to the ground and prayed. He turned it over to his Father.
In a recent Proverbs 31 devotional I read that “Sometimes we can’t change all the stuff in our lives that feels bigger than we can handle. But whatever feels bigger than you is still puny compared to the Rock that is higher than you!” Psalm 61:2 says “From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.”
Why has God allowed me to be overwhelmed at times? I think it’s to teach me to surrender my life to him. God doesn’t always relieve the stress, but he walks with me through it. God’s Word gives me the perspective and the strength I need. God’s presence gives me the peace I need.
Whatever season of life you are in, I pray that you will find God’s strength and peace when you are feeling overwhelmed. Don’t rely on yourself but surrender it all to God. He’s big enough, he can handle it.
Prayer: Lord, help me to find strength and peace in you when I feel overwhelmed. Thank you for being my refuge and strength.