When Overwhelmed, Cry Out to God

Hear my cry, O God, attend unto my prayer; from the end of the earth will I cry unto the, when my heart is overwhelmed: For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
— Psalm 61:1-3

God has promised us so much in time of need and one of my favorite is the book of Philippians where He promises that He will give us a peace that surpasses understanding. But that doesn't necessarily mean a peace that always gives us understanding. There have been overwhelming events in my life that I didn't understand why but I always knew where the peace came from.

I may be talking to someone this morning facing a personal crisis right now. I may be talking to someone who is unemployed. I may be talking to someone who has had a foreclosure on their home. Maybe you have a marriage that is falling apart or a son or daughter gone astray. Maybe you've been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. It may be that you've been paralyzed by fear as you think about an uncertain future. It could be a death or some other calamity that has had an overwhelming consequence. The Bible tells us the answer to worry is prayer: "Be careful (don't be anxious or worry) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6–7).

I have shared those two verses so many times with church members going through very difficult times. I don't know what could be more overwhelming than a parent losing a child to death. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week they are hit with the harsh reality of it, most notably, their absence. Too many times I've watched parents as wave after wave of deep sadness would overwhelm them. I don't know how anyone could survive losing a child without the Lord. Many times I've witnessed Christian mama's and daddy's cry out to God: God, help me. Give me strength right now. And He does. He gives them the strength they need. It is not necessarily more than they need, but He gave them what they needed for what they were facing at that moment.

It doesn't have to be death, there are many other kinds of storms and trials that we can be overwhelmed by. But the answer is always the same, cry out to the Lord.

The psalmist wrote, "From the end of the earth will I cry unto you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I" (Psalm 61:2).

If your heart is feeling overwhelmed, pray, cry out to the Lord. Things will fall into their proper place as God brings about the events of your life according to His perfect will. God Bless!