Sometimes the night times of our lives are black, the storm is howling and the wind chill encases your hearts like a block of ice. When we look at the effort it takes, how responsible we have to be to manage our everyday lives and the lives of the people God has given us responsibility for, our spouses, children and loved ones, our vocation; we at times feel overwhelmed. Imagine being responsible for a country, a city or an organization. Like our leaders, we are familiar with the feelings of being overwhelmed. So God said we must pray for them. Just like Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail. Jesus also prayed for us that we would believe in Him and in God’s abundant love for us that is enabling us to overcome, despite the seemingly overwhelming storms of life we face.
When we look at what God is responsible for, it helps us to gain perspective, trust Him and believe in Him. God is responsible for the entire creation, seen and unseen, the universe, all people, plants, animals and creeping things on land, all the birds and everything flying in the air, and everything that swims in the sea. But, He provides for everyone and everything! He watches over, and is intimately acquainted with the minutest details of all life, and he meets and exceeds all the needs of every living thing! God is not overwhelmed and He will not allow us to be overwhelmed. We are, and will overcome, despite the storms of life that comes and goes.
God’s goodness and power, His infinite abilities, are unimaginable. This is the God we know and serve. The God who we see in the person of Jesus Christ. The God we see through the person of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Through his Holy Spirit He has given us His character and His abilities that comes with Him. We are able, with God’s help, to do everything He has purposed for us to do. Though we are hard pressed on every side, we will not be destroyed. We will overcome, we will not be overwhelmed, no matter the circumstances, because our faithful Father and Shepherd is leading and many times, carrying us.
Therefore, my beloved Brothers and Sisters, have no fear. Believe in the love of God for you. You cannot fail in life. God’s will is coming to pass in your lives. His purposes are bearing fruits. You will not be overwhelmed. You will overcome. You will live and not die. Look back and see what the LORD has done. Look now and see what the LORD is doing. Even if you don’t understand it right now, remember, He has never failed you or let you down. So, beloved, be contented, accept God’s peace that surpasses all your understanding, rejoice and be glad despite the tearful blackness of you stormy tearful night. Because joy comes in the morning. The joy of the LORD is your strength in all your present circumstances. “Praise the Lord; praise God our Saviour! For each day he carries us in his arms. – Interlude – Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign LORD rescues us from death (Psalms 68:19-20 NLT)!” With God’s help, we are and will overcome. Praise the LORD!