One of the great promises you want to hold on to when you’re overwhelmed is found in Isaiah.
Isaiah 43:2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. NLT
On your own strength you may drown, when that flood comes, but not in God’s strength.
Luke 2:19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. NLT
Mary thought about God’s word. If you read the rest of that chapter Mary writes a song to God to praise God. When you read that, you know that this woman knew the Old Testament. She quotes it extensively in her song even referring to the song of Hanna an Old Testament song.
Why is that important? Why is it important to read, study, memorize, meditate on the Bible when you’re overwhelmed? Because this book helps you sort out what’s really important in life.
THE REASON WE GET OVERWHELMED IN LIFE IS BECAUSE WE TREAT EVERYTHING WE HAVE TO DO AS OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE… AND IT IS NOT.
What happens is when you look at all that you have to do you start thinking “I’m overwhelmed.” There are only a few things in life that really have to be done. Most of what we do isn’t going to matter even a week from now much less an eternity.
So knowing the Bible helps you clarify your values, solidify your priorities, discover what’s important and it makes life simpler.
Mic 7:1 I’m overwhelmed with sorrow! Sunk in a swamp of despair! I’m like someone who goes to the garden to pick cabbages and carrots and corn And returns empty-handed, finds nothing for soup or sandwich or salad. Message
Mic 7:7 But me, I’m not giving up. I’m sticking around to see what God will do. I’m waiting for God to make things right. I’m counting on God to listen to me. Message