Everyone faces seasons in life when things are utterly overwhelming. When it seems like nothing will ever get better, or when things feel like they are too hard or when you just can’t take much more. It’s emotionally, mentally, spiritually and even physically exhausting to be in a state of existence where you are barely keeping your head above water. It is during these seasons when we all struggle to press into God because it feels like just one more thing on our plate. Sometimes we don’t even want to. Right? Prayer. Reading the Bible. Worship. These are all part of the winning strategy God has for you to walk in victory, which is why the enemy tries to hard to exhaust you. He knows you’ll win if you will truly fight!
You’re in a spiritual battle, and you have been given effective spiritual weapons, but you have to use them if you want to see victory. So what can you do when you’re overwhelmed to fight and you don’t want to do anything? First, don’t let yourself become isolated, because the enemy can attack you much easier in if you’re alone. Send a text, make a call- reach out and ask another Christian to come alongside you to help you stand when you are too weak stand on your own because, “if someone might overpower another by himself, two together can withstand him.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
Remember, you are not alone. Other Christians walk through these same seasons. Keep walking! The Bible addresses the feeling of being overwhelmed and worship is a critical component of the victory God has for you! Print this out or write these Scriptures down and tuck them somewhere you can meditate on them:
When your heart is overwhelmed:
Your heart is the place from where “the issues of life” flow. (Proverbs 4:23) Everything that pertains to your human experience starts in the heart, which encompasses your mind, your will, your passions and appetites, your character. “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 61:2) When you are overwhelmed in your heart, you need to remember that those things that seem so difficult and impossible and huge, your problems, are not bigger than God.
Your praise will overwhelm your problems or your problems will overwhelm your praise- only you can determine which reality you live in.
Invite the Lord to show you His perspective of your problems. He will lead you to Himself, first, and then He will walk with you through the dark valley. “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,” David wrote. “For You have been a refuge for me, and a strong tower from the enemy…. Thus will I sing praise to Your name forever, that I may fulfill my vows day by day.“ Your praise will overwhelm your problems or your problems will overwhelm your praise– only you can determine which reality you live in.
When your spirit is overwhelmed:
When your spirit is overwhelmed, everything is thrown into disorder because your spirit guides the heart and the flesh, the mind and the soul. Spiritual turmoil can come because you have deep questions or confusion or conflict about who God is, or because your experiences aren’t lining up with God’s Word or because doubt, sin or darkness have crept in. “I remember God, and I groan; I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed.” (Psalm 77:3) The path forward from being overwhelmed in your spirit is to remind yourself of the nature and the character of God. Your faith has become weakened when your spirit is overwhelmed and you are vulnerable to other spiritual attacks.
To fight this, you need to remember the mighty things He has done for you! Pour it all out to God – the ugliest, blackest stuff you have – and He will take it! Then, as an act of faith, worship. “Then I said, “This is my grief; yet I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate also on all Your work and ponder on Your mighty deeds.” (Psalm 7710-12)
When your soul is overwhelmed:
Your soul is the living being inside of you that makes you who you are. Your soul is the inner man, the person that breathes and thinks and makes choices and has desires, makes connections with other humans. Your soul is deeply affected by the things of this world and is in need of salvation and the sanctification of Jesus Christ. Your soul becomes tied and imprinted by the experiences it has in the world. If your soul is overwhelmed, you’re going to have a hard time functioning well in the faith, but also in the world around you. You may struggle with depression or anxiety or feel worthless or useless or rejected or defeated as the world’s pressures bear down on you.
As the Bible shows, when the soul is overwhelmed, it is a direct reflections of choices we have made. The solution to becoming ensnared by your choices is to cry out to the Lord. He will rescue you and your response is to worship Him! When God’s people “wandered in the wilderness on a deserted path”, they became overwhelmed, hungry and thirsty, but “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. He led them on a level road.” (Psalm 107:1-9)
When Jonah was trapped in the belly of the great fish, he was a victim of his own rebellious, disobedient choices. Has that ever happened to you!? He wrote, “The waters encompassed me; even to my soul the deep surrounded me…When my soul was overwhelmed within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple.” (Jonah 2:1-9) Seek the Lord for the root that grew within your soul, influence your decisions and brought you to where you are. CRY OUT to Him. He will come for you as soon as you are ready! And until He does and when He does? WORSHIP. “But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord!” (Jonah 2:9)
And then?? “Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon dry land.” (Jonah 2:10) BOOM.