We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body

2nd Corinthians 4: 8-10

 

Beloved,

There are so many things happening in our nation that it is easy to become overwhelmed with emotions that range from sadness to anger and even a sense of helplessness. It seems as though we are in a never-ending cycle of violence, and every time that we hit what we think is the bottom, we discover that there is another lower level. This sense of ever-increasing defeat is not limited to our nation, rather it is a feeling that may manifest in our personal lives as well.  There are times when our lives seem to be characterized by the occurrence of one bad thing after another. There are times when we feel as though we cannot handle one more thing. This feeling is natural, but fortunately we serve the God who is supernatural.

When these feelings arise in us, not only do we not want to face our own problems, we also don’t see any way possible to do anything about the issues affecting others. This space of helplessness and defeat is the space the enemy would love for us to stay in. When life is feeling overwhelming, we must avoid isolation, engage our issues with prayer and purpose, and seek where we might be of benefit to others. These steps will remind us that we are not in life alone; we have been intentionally connected by God to the people in our lives. I challenge us all to trust God in every circumstance, to seek His lesson for us in these seasons of life, and to place ourselves face to face with the reality that God’s grace is still at work in our lives.

In short, when life is overwhelming, we are to remember that God is still keeping us, and His presence is always with us.

In Him,

Pastor Nathaniel Wright