Life can feel overwhelming at times. Lately, it seems our nation and our communities have been overwhelmed with the sad news of tragic and unexpected losses. In difficult times like these, I am mindful of this psalm of David: “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 61:2, NKJV). When we feel overwhelmed with grief, sadness, questions, anger, stress, or any other emotion, we can always pray, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Jesus is our rock who is bigger than we are and able to carry loads we cannot bear. He is our firm foundation, and He will always lead us to a place of strength and stability. When we feel overwhelmed, our natural tendency is to look down, stoop down, or fall down under the pressure. But Jesus wants us to look up to higher ground. We’ll only find supernatural strength when we look up beyond ourselves to Jesus, our rock and salvation. Truly, He is an awesome God!
I’d like to share a message Oral Roberts once delivered in which he highlighted God’s greatness displayed throughout history in every book of the Bible. These words remind us that God is faithful in all situations, even overwhelming ones.
“In Genesis, He is the seed of the woman. In Exodus, He is the Passover lamb. In Leviticus, He is our high priest. In Numbers, He is the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. In Deuteronomy, He is the prophet like unto Moses.
“In Joshua, He is the captain of our salvation. In Judges, He is our judge and lawgiver. In Ruth, He is our kinsman redeemer. In I and II Samuel, He is our trusted prophet. In Kings and Chronicles, He is our reigning king. In Ezra, He is our faithful scribe. In Nehemiah, He is the rebuilder of the broken down walls of human life. In Esther, He is our Mordecai. In Job, He is our ever-living redeemer.
“In Psalms, He is our shepherd. In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, He is our wisdom. In the Song of Solomon, He is our lover and bridegroom. In Isaiah, He is the Prince of Peace. In Jeremiah, He is the Righteous Branch. In Lamentations, He is the Weeping Prophet. In Ezekiel, He is the wonderful four-faced man. In Daniel, He is the fourth man in the fiery furnace.
“In Hosea, He is the faithful husband, forever married to the backslider. In Joel, He is the baptizer with the Holy Ghost and fire. In Amos, He is our burden-bearer. In Obadiah, He is the Mighty to Save. In Jonah, He is our great foreign missionary. In Micah, He is the messenger of beautiful feet carrying the Gospel.
“In Nahum, He is the avenger of God’s elect. In Habakkuk, He is God’s evangelist. In Zephaniah, He is the Savior. In Haggai, He is the restorer. In Zechariah, He is the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness. In Malachi, He is the Sun of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings.
“In Matthew, He is the Messiah. In Mark, He is the wonder-worker. In Luke, He is the Son of Man. In John, He is the Son of God. In Acts, He is the Holy Spirit. In Romans, He is our justifier. In Corinthians, He is our sanctifier.
“In Galatians, He is the redeemer from the curse of the law. In Ephesians, He is the Christ of unsearchable riches. In Philippians, He is the God who supplies all our needs. In Colossians, He is the fullness of the Godhead bodily. In I and II Thessalonians, He is our soon-coming king. In I and II Timothy, He is our mediator. In Titus, He is our faithful pastor. In Philemon, He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
“In Hebrews, He is the blood of the everlasting covenant. In James, He is the Great Physician. In I and II Peter, He is the Chief Shepherd. In I, II, and III John, He is love. In Jude, He is the Lord coming with ten thousands of His saints. And in Revelation, He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.”