“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Everyone has experienced that overwhelming feeling at some point in their life. Even the psalmist in the verse above felt overwhelmed. Life has a way of coming at you from every angle, and it seems at times that everything comes at you at one time. In those times when you are overwhelmed, you must make sure that you do the right things that will help you through everything that seems to be happening. The verse above lists several actions you need to take when you are feeling overwhelmed. Let me share those actions with you.
First, don’t run! The human tendency is to flee from everything that is coming your way. Christian, you have to accept that you are strong enough to handle everything that is coming at you. When you are overwhelmed and tempted to run, remember the promise God gives in 1 Corinthians 10:13 which says, “…God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able…” Running from your problems won’t make you a stronger Christian. God has put just enough on you so that He can strengthen you for future tasks.
Second, Jesus is your answer. The psalmist says, “I cry unto thee…” If God has allowed the overwhelming problems to come your way, you must go to Him for your strength. You can either have a total emotional breakdown, or you can go to Jesus and ask for His help. Remember 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Yes, you are overwhelmed, but Jesus is there to step in the yoke with you to help you carry your load.
Third, follow the LORD. The psalmist continues to say in the verse above, “…lead me to the rock…” If God is going to lead you then you must follow. This is where trust comes in that God knows where He is leading you. The only way you are going to know where the LORD is leading in these times is by spending time with Him in the Scriptures and prayer. God always gives instructions through His Word and strength through prayer. Your overwhelming feeling will begin to shrink when you go to God’s Word and receive the confidence that He is in control and knows where He is leading you.
Fourth, look higher than your problems. The Psalmist said that He wanted the LORD to lead him “to the rock that is higher than I.” One of the main reasons you feel overwhelmed is because you are looking horizontally at your problems instead of looking vertically to the Answer. Your answer is to take your eyes off your problems and stay focused on God. Stop worrying about what is going to happen and realize that God will take care of anything else that comes your way. My friend, God has taken care of you up to this point, and He is sure not going to leave you alone if anything else comes your way. Keep looking up, and your problems will have a way of subsiding.
Fifth, keep doing what you are supposed to be doing. The Psalmist concluded in verse 4, “I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever…” You will get through your overwhelming time if you keep doing what you are supposed to do. Don’t stop serving the LORD, for it is in your routine of serving the LORD that you will receive the strength and encouragement from the LORD. Keep looking to Christ as you continue to serve Him, and He will lead you out of your overwhelming situation.