When life is overwhelming, instead of running to Jesus, I sometimes battle on, alone. I know what the Bible says…but what I need is busyness. I’m building a wall against chaos, and every task is another brick.
What are you facing at the moment? What is it that feels “too much?” A stressful job – or no job. Screaming children – or no children. Your health. Your bank balance. YOU. Too tired to keep going; too weak to stop.
As Christians, if we feel overwhelmed, we’re in good company. In the bible, God’s people are constantly being pressed down and poured out. The apostle John writes about such struggles in Revelation 1:9. However, it’s not his suffering that floors him. It’s Jesus who knocks him off his feet.
Here’s how John describes this Jesus:
He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
This God has eyes like flames. Are you hurting, alone or overwhelmed? He sees.
This God has feet like bronze in a fire. Are you in the furnace of sorrow and pain? He is with you.
Are you overwhelmed by criticisms, complaints and demands? This God has a voice that drowns out all others.
Do you feel surrounded by darkness? This God is like the sun in all its brilliance. He brings His light.
This God isn’t a set of January resolutions. He is Lord. Lord of our depression, Lord of our finances, Lord of our relationships. Lord of our bones and Lord of our tears.
Whatever we’re facing, this God is greater still.
For a great sermon on this passage, click here.