Psalm 61:1-3 (NLT)
O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! 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, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
Life is overwhelming. My life is full of challenges and circumstances just like yours. I wrapped up in the chaos and clamor of this world just like the next person. With all the problems faced on a daily basis, it usually takes a catastrophic illness or personal tragedy for us to truly identify with being overwhelmed. When the unthinkable becomes a reality, we realize the insignificance of the many things once labeled as “important” before hardship comes. I do not believe that the Lord created the struggles that we face at all. I do not believe His Will ever leads to anything but His Kindness, Goodness and Favor for my life. But I also do not understand the significance of pain and suffering in the innocent, so I add it to the list of questions I have that will be answered when I meet Him face-to-face and keep moving. Moment by moment and step by step trying to get through each day carrying my overwhelmed heart in a very human body.
The difficult battle our son has waged against cancer has been overwhelming on so many levels. I would lie to say that it has not shaken me to the core of my faith challenging everything that I believe for credibility and truth. I have dug deeper in the Word of God than ever before not only because my life depends on it but more importantly my child’s life, too. How do you move past the details of this life to see the true potential of faith in God? The pain is real. The suffering is obvious. Sin is rampant. Love has grown cold. Everything is real. Where is the Lord? How do we not get overwhelmed? I looked up this word that I feel defines me right now. To be overwhelmed I to be overcome completely in feeling or mind. It means to overcome or overpower, to cover beneath a mass of something, and to load with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything. Although by definition, it seems that being overwhelmed cannot possibly be of the Lord. I believe that it is not the state of being overwhelmed that is the problem but what we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed with.
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 (NLT)
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.
In Paul’s testimony, he sheds light on a process that is a true blessing when one learns to endure. “We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure and we thought we would never live through it.” I know this feeling, not physically, but in every other sense of the description. Paul even said, “We were expected to die.” How fitting considering this is what the world feels to be the statistical fate of our son. We want to think as Christians we are exempt from the pains of life but even Jesus told us this isn’t true. It is just a fairytale fed to people in a business called church. Faith does not change all the circumstances in our life. It does not drastically change our journey. Faith makes endurance worth it. I tell my son over and over in this process that I know it’s hard but God said it would be worth it in Jesus Name. The good in every situation is found only by those who endure, see it through, and make it to the end of the trial. We must finish the course rather than running from the fight. Imagine there is a huge pile up in a professional race, every car except yours is disqualified and all you have to do is finish the race to win – you would finish the race for the win right? It would be a no-brainer. All you had to do was drive around the track for the rest of the required laps and end up in Victory Lane. We have been given the opportunity to find good in every situation of our life if we finish the race of faith but why don’t we? Paul was overwhelmed. He thought that he was going to die. What came out of it? “We stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God who raises the dead.” He goes on to testify that they had placed their confidence in the Lord. We are going to experience difficult and challenging situations and circumstances in this life. We will be overwhelmed. It is up to us to choose who or what will overtake our heart and mind. I for one choose Jesus!
Isaiah 61:10-12 (NLT)
I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels. The Sovereign LORD will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere.
I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! This is a declaration available to every man and woman who has called on the Name of Jesus Christ to be their Savior and Lord. You decide the power that overtakes you. It is made in the way that we live every other day of our life. We build our belief system on experience. Each encounter with God expands our understanding of His Love building confident hope from faith invested in trusting and believing. I have the privilege to choose the force that overtakes me. We are promised overwhelming victory simply because God loves me. We were once overwhelmed by sin. (Psalm 65:3) But Jesus Christ came to this world and overpowered sin and darkness. (John 16:33) Overcoming every obstacle in our life is as simple as trusting God in every situation, releasing every burden to the Lord, and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us from glory to glory. (Psalm142:3) It is time to take back our heart from being overpowered by the excessive weight of fear and releasing it to the Lord. He will wrap us in His Love.
Romans 8:37-40 (NLT)
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Overwhelming victory is ours through Jesus Christ because He loves us. Plain and simple. You don’t have to do a thing to be victorious but believe with all that fickle heart and you will win. The problem is that we are not convinced. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of the unseen. (Hebrews 11:1) Yet it is in the time we cannot see the Light of His Love in our circumstance and must believe that it there that we abandon hope as if God has forsaken us. The key to your success as a victorious Christian is based on one thing. You must become so convinced of His Love for you that nothing can cause you to be separated from it. We separate ourselves in disbelief. We shout, clap, sing and dance in church claiming victory but refuse to finish the race of faith and take the prize. You will have to endure. This is all in His Word. There is no power or opposing force that can every separate us from the Love of God demonstrated through Jesus Christ. We must become completely convinced that God loves us if we ever want to live overwhelmed by it and covered in His Peace and Joy that comes with it. Paul said, “We expected to die” and as a result they trusted and relied on God wholeheartedly. They believed that their God raised people from the dead. They had the same faith as Abraham which means that they had the same blessing. (Romans 4:20-25) How far are you willing to go to prove your love and faith in Jesus Christ? This life will take you there. Sin forces us to the edge of death and the grave. Jesus frees us from that burden, worry and care. He delivers us from the evil things of this world and their consequences.
Psalm 112:4-8 (NLT)
Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.
God shines a light in the darkness for the godly – the Holy Spirit inside allows us insight that the world does not have. He connects our life with the Word of God, reveals the Will of God and points the Way to God. If we believe that God’s Love is real and choose to get all wrapped up in it, we are still going to have problems. We will still face difficulties but they will not overwhelm us. Why? It would have to take us from God’s Love which is impossible. We must get totally overtake with His Love for us and the power of it. David was a man after God’s Own Heart. In Psalm 89 (verses 19-37) it details some of the promises given to him. God promised to steady David and make him strong. He would not let anyone defeat him and nothing would overpower him. He promised His Faithfulness and Unfailing Love to a man who would make many mistakes. He gave David god-like authority on the earth. He gave this man great power and influence expanding and increasing his natural borders. He prospered. He adopted David as His Son. Not just another kid, but a firstborn son which came with additional favor and blessing. He promised to be kind to David. They would have a lasting covenant. The Lord God even promised to prosper future generations. All for what? David loved God more than any other person or anything else in this world so God overwhelmed David with His Love. (Psalm 89:26) Confidence and fearlessness are the privilege of those discover the Power of God’s Love and decide to let it overtake their heart and life completely.
Matthew 11:27-30 (NLT)
“My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Are you overwhelmed by the circumstances of your life today? Your child doesn’t have to be fighting cancer to be overwhelmed. There is no level of heartache that qualifies you for some special honor in Heaven. God is looking for is your faith and confidence in His Love alone! God entrusted EVERYTHING to Jesus. Why would we do anything less? Because we do not believe in the Power of His Great Love and that it belongs to us. Guilt is often a contributing factor because many have not made the commitment to follow Christ calling Him Savior they ignore Him as Lord. (Psalm 38:4) Jesus wants to be connected to you completely. He wants to overwhelm you with His Love and overpower you with His Goodness. You must give Him your burdens so He can give you rest. You must relinquish your fear to find peace. He promises to take care of you and that the righteous will never slip and fall. (Psalm 55:22)
The battle that our son has been fighting has taken a heavy toll. There is no control in this situation. Yes, we are pressed but not crushed. Persecuted, not abandoned. Struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) We could be overwhelmed by fear and doubt which the enemy gladly offers. But instead we have chosen to believe in God’s Love. We have immersed ourselves in faith and hope as a covering from all the fiery darts of lies and torment. God told us that “our son would live and not die”. I believe Him. He is the same God that raised Jesus from the dead for love and He will do the same for our family. Why? Because His Love is overwhelming. It is the greatest power in all the earth and there no force in the universe that is greater. It is with this power and force that He loves me. My heart is overwhelmed by a God who loves me like that.
I John 5:4-5 (NLT)
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.