When My Heart is Overwhelmed

When My Heart is Overwhelmed

Exodus 8-9; Psalm 61; Proverbs 7:11-15

You’ve probably been overwhelmed. Maybe you’re overwhelmed right now. When you’re in school, those tests can seem like they are WAY too much to deal with. As a young parent, getting very little sleep and not really knowing how to raise a child can seem like it’s too much. Maybe it’s work, or marriage, or just life as a whole. It can really add up can’t it? Fortunately, you aren’t the first one to feel that way! Even David, the “man after God’s own heart” felt that way!

But when we feel overwhelmed, it is simply a sign that we are lacking the strength to deal with whatever situation happens to be upon us at the moment, right? After you graduate and move out into life, a math test seems like such an “easy” thing to have to worry about. Maybe after raising kids, that time of not knowing what to do seems insignificant (I don’t know, I’m not there yet!) At the end of the day, we need someone who is beyond our strength or knowledge to come along side and help us.

As David put it, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” When we deal with situations that are overwhelming, we don’t need a self-help manual or “magic beans” to solve all our problems. We need the One who has all power and all wisdom.

Moses faced an overwhelming task: “Go to Pharaoh and tell him to let my people go.” Go to the most powerful person in the world and tell him to let approximately two million slaves go free…right. And Moses tried to come up with every excuse in the book to get out of it. But God showed his strength time and time again, from when he turned Moses’s rod into a snake and back again, to the ten plagues in Egypt. God was in control even when circumstances seemed impossibly out of control. We can take great comfort that when situations seem like there is no resolution, or that we will never make it through, we can rest on the power of the Creator, knowing that He is more than capable of dealing with anything we can encounter!

May our prayer echo David’s today: “…when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

 

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