September 25, 2017

When I Feel Overwhelmed

“The waves of death had surrounded me. The torrents of destruction had overwhelmed me.” 2 Samuel 22:5 (GW)

You don’t have to watch the news to feel overwhelmed today.  Fires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes are bringing a torrent of destruction beyond anything I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.  In Texas alone, we’ve experienced a hundred-year flood, a five-hundred-year flood, and just recently what’s being called a thousand-year flood with Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented rain fall – and all of that in only the span of a couple of years!  Many people had just recovered from the Memorial Day flood when their homes were flooded again by Harvey.

More significant than the loss of property has been the loss of lives from these natural disasters. It is heart-wrenching to see the anguish and desperation on so many faces impacted by such tragedy.  David, the King of Israel, understood what it felt like to be overwhelmed.  In 2 Samuel 22:5, he said,

“The waves of death had surrounded me. The torrents of destruction had overwhelmed me.”

Maybe you’re feeling that way right now.  In the next verse, David went on to describe that feeling as though “the grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path.” (Vs. 6)

What do you do when you’re feeling that overwhelmed?  Here’s what David did:

“But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I cried to my God for help. He heard me from His sanctuary; my cry reached His ears.” (Vs. 7)

When we feel overwhelmed, we can call on the name of the Lord our God!  We can know that He will hear our cry for help because God cares!  Writing to fellow Christ followers scattered in a horrific wave of persecution, the apostle Peter wrote:

 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7 (NIV2011)

God cares!  He cares when life becomes overwhelming and we feel afraid.  He listens to our cries for help, and we can trust Him to respond in love.  He may not always rescue us from the storm, but He will never leave us there.