Verses of Scripture for when you are feeling overwhelmed. What does the Bible say about being overwhelmed? Where is God when I am overwhelmed?
We all know how it feels to be completely overwhelmed and exhausted. I have been super acquainted with this feeling lately. From planning a wedding in less than three months to quitting my job to pursue my dreams, overwhelmed may be an understatement. You know that feeling?
When it feels like you're are standing on the ledge looking across a canyon at their dreams, goals, and passions on the other side and all you feel like you have to cross that gorge is a couble 2x4's and a hammer? Or maybe your standing at the foot of an empire state building sized mountain made up of half finished to-do lists, deadlines and expectations and all you've got to get over that hill is a bungy cable and some paper clips.
If that is you, man do I feel you. Life get's hectic and overwhelm can begin to feel like an old familar friend. The good new I have for you today is even if overwhelm comes to visit, you don't have to let him stay for the night. Here are some of my very favorite verses for when challenging seasons sneak up on us and begin hounding us with expectations and deadlines.
Let's just start with Jesus. That always the best place to start, right? In Matthew 14 we read about Jesus’ disciples' journey across the sea. Jesus sends them out ahead of him and tells them he'll catch up with them. These men are experienced fishermen, so no big deal right? Once they get out there, a serious storm hits them. In the middle of all this tossing they see a person walking across the water towards their boat.
Can you even imagine? You are in the middle of a crazy storm and out of the corner of you eye you catch a glimpse of a person walking towards you. You're nowhere near the shore of course you freak out a little bit.
The disciples come to the conclusion many a sane person would reach. A GHOST! Only no! Not a ghost but Jesus. So naturally, Peter gets this crazy idea that if it really is Jesus then he wants to walk out on the water to meet Him. Jesus tells Peter to come and Peter actually steps out of the boat and onto the raging sea with faith that Jesus had his back and he walks out across the water.
I tell you this because that’s how things start. We take off with excitement and faith but once we are out there we are tempted to do the same thing Peter did.
So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” - Matthew 14:29-31
We take our eyes off of the one who gives us strength and we survey the surroundings and we measure the distance between us and our goal and we get distracted and we get overwhelmed.
When you are feeling overwhelmed you must shift your focus to Jesus. Seek His heart for you in your current circumstances. Look to Him for wisdom and clarity and trust Him for strength and rest.
Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. 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 61:1-2
This verse is a life verse staple. Below I have added some free printable scripture cards with these verse. I encourage you to print them and when overwhelm is breathing down your neck, pray this verse over yourself and whatever you are facing.
Pray "Father I need help. I am in over my head and I need you to lead me to the rock that is higher than I. God, lead me and pull me up out of this chaos. Help me find high ground so I am not sinking under the weight of it all, but help me get above it so that I can actually be productive."
I love that. It’s in that place that you can really get to work at solving those issues. God cares about your life. He cares about the things weighing on you and He wants to be involved. No matter what your juggling or how bogged down you are there is always a Rock that is higher than you. Just lift your head beloved child of God.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30
Let's talk about honesty. I love honesty. God loves honesty and He is not intimidated by our honesty. There is help for an honest person. The problem is, most overwhelmed people, myself included, find it hard to admit that they are in over their heads.
If we can humble ourselves and admit that we are overwhelmed God has such a beautiful invitation for us. He says come. He invites the tired and the weary and the heavy-laden to come to Him and find some rest for your soul. Who doesn't need more rest for their souls?
Have an honest conversation with God. Tell Him, “I am in over my head. I can’t do this. I am tired and I am weary. I have labored. I have exhausted my own strength and I know that was wrong of me to try and do it all on my own. I need your help. I need your strength and guidance. If this is going to get done/planned/solved/built/etc. it’s going to have to be you. Teach me to rest in you and your finished work yet again.”
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. -Psalm 46:10-11
Be still. That is so hard when you feel like your to-do list has a mind and will of its own.
Do it anyways. When you feel like your breaking point is just around the corner crouched and waiting to pounce on you then you waited too long to be still.
Just sit for a minute. Meditate on the goodness of God. Take your focus off of all of the stuff and be still. Listen for the Lord. Time is never wasted when it is spent with the Lord.
I hope these verses will help you next time you've tacked ten too many things to your to-do list. Timeouts to refocus will help you to be more productive in the long run. As an added bonus I have created a free Scripture Card printable that you can print off and keep nearby for overwhelming and trying times. All you have to do is click here to download them!
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Bonus! Here is a song that helps me when I am feeling overwhelmed. Enjoy!(: