When You’re Overwhelmed

Psalm 61:2 “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Are you facing a personal crisis? Maybe a problem at work or a financial problem. Maybe your marriage is going through a rough spell or you have a son or daughter who is away from the Lord. Maybe you have a life-threatening illness. Or maybe you’re paralyzed by fear as you think about an uncertain future.

When we’re facing a crisis, we like to have a backup plan. Then we like to have a backup plan for our backup plan. And then a backup plan for the backup plan for the backup plan. But sometimes the Lord puts us in a circumstance where there are no backup plans. There is no safety net. There is no way out but Him.

In Acts, chapter 12, that is what the early church was facing. Things were looking very bleak. Herod had put James to death and then arrested Peter. If God did not come through, it would be a complete disaster. So what did the believers do? They prayed.

Philippians 4:6–7 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

David wrote, “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:1–2).

God promises that He will give us a peace that passes understanding, not a peace that comes from understanding. When you are overwhelmed, pray and know that He is God.

 

David Ball
Pastor