Have you ever been OVERWHELMED (OW) by the pressures of life (family, job, people, health, $$, death, world news); to the point you just didn’t know what to do, or where to start dealing with things, you were simply exhausted? Probably everyone has been or now is in this state of mind! What avenues of escape or solving the problem do people take? (Name some escapes or solutions)
This article is an attempt to give some suggestions about what to do when OW! It is by no means the total answer, just some steps or suggestions which have helped me. I would remind you that the Psalmist David often felt OW (Psalm 61: 1, 2) and no doubt the Lord Jesus felt OW the night before He died (Luke 22: 39-46). This article is not meant to be an ‘easy-quick-read,’ but a ‘stop & think about it’ study, which could be reviewed over time.
Note 6 steps YOU could take day by day (whether or not you are OW) to help you:
- Seek a Solitary Place (a regular daily quiet place & time) – (a place where you can hear God speak, meditate on His words & pray) (like the Lord Jesus did – Mark 1: 35, Luke 5: 16, 22: 39-42) (Get away from the cell phone, radio, T.V., computer, let them rest alone) Maybe this rhyming sentence could help you with these steps. “Take The BOOK (your Bible), find a NOOK (a quiet place) and take a LOOK (into the BOOK) and a listen.” (Plan the time, schedule it in).
- Search Yourself – A. Salvation 2 Cor. 13: 5a* Are you certain you have turned from your sin and trusted Christ alone as Savior? Yes ___ No ___ / Reread these verses in Romans – 3: 10, 23; 6: 23; 5: 8; 10: 9, 10, 13. Many people know about the Lord Jesus in their head, but don’t know Him in their heart. If yes, can others observe by your lip & life that you are a believer? / If no (you’re not sure), remember 2 Cor. 6: 2 – Today is the day of salvation, maybe your last opportunity. B. Sin – Psalm 139: 23, 24; Consider your ways (Hag. 1: 5, 7). Are there sins in your life which you need to confess and forsake (1 Jn 1: 9, Prov. 28: 13)? Identify them and DO IT! Or are there relationships with others which need to be “fixed” (Matt 5: 23, 24)?
- Seek the Savior (many ‘seek’ verses, like Psalm 105: 4). Seek to see Jesus everyday in your NOOK in the BOOK. (John 5: 39, Acts 17: 11) What did HE say, or do? What doctrinal truths do you learn about Him?
- Search the Scriptures Read the Word. Look for verses or passages which deal with your OW feelings or situations. Keep a daily notebook for reference later. Look for how Bible characters dealt with OW situations, like David in 1 Sam. 30: 1-8. Ask the question like Saul (Paul) in Acts 9: 6 – Lord, What do you want me to do? Determine to obey (James 1: 22). Develop a plan (Prov. 24-27). Take it a step at a time. Pray for Wisdom (James 1: 5). And just DO IT! (Phil. 4: 13).
- Sing to, Praise & Thank the Lord – Many Scriptures tell us to do this – Psalm 96: 1, 135: 1, 92: 1, 136: 1, Eph. 5: 19. Sing Hymns & choruses, which you know, to the Lord in your solitary place. (Maybe take a hymnal to your NOOK.) (Steps 2-5 could be done in any order or at the same time) (Intermingle the order)
- Seek to share with others – At least 1 each Day! (Saved or unsaved) what God shows you – Phil. 2: 4, 5; Gal. 6: 10, Prov. 3: 27; 2 Cor. 1: 3, 4. (Look to “B” a Blessing; others are OW also) (See how Jesus did this, Mark 6: 34)
DRA (John 3: 16)