When you feel helpless and overwhelmed

What to do when you feel helpless and overwhelmed.

Psalm 55 Psalm 55, verses 4-8 could have been written by anyone who is navigating the insane stress of today.  

4 My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. 6 So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 7 Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.  8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.”

The writer KNOWS his situation is out of control. He can’t fix it. He can’t even stand to think about it. The only hope is to flee.  Have you felt like that?  So what do you do?


1. The first step is to realize that you are not alone.  You are not unspiritual.  Your attack is not strange.

1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

Your problem is not unique. King David — described in Scripture as “a man after God’s own heart” — frequently felt anxiety, judging by the number of Psalms that speak of terror, grief and fear.

Many believe that if they were strong in God that they would not suffer severe attacks.  They believe the devil should leave them alone.   Assuming that the devil will not attack you because you are spiritual is like assuming the bull will not charge you because you are a vegetarian.


2. Cry out for higher ground and get to higher ground.

Psalm 61:2 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.

We can’t get there unless the Lord LEADS us there. Contrary to what some contemporary religions teach, the solution is NOT inside yourself.   You need a Rock (Jesus) for shelter from the storm — a sheltered place HIGHER than the flood waters. A safe place higher and stronger than ourselves.

The guidance you get after you cry out may be exotic, strange and lack any logic or potential…do not dismiss it, it is the road to safety and victory.

3.  Look at your past victories and your future victory.  Tell the giant: You will be like all the rest of my past threats.

Psalm 119: 95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me,  But I will consider Your testimonies.  David said I have been in these helpless places before and God won every time.

Hebrews12: 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus gazed at both at the past (He knew who He was and where He came from)  and the future for His resolve to win on the cross.

1 Samuel 17: 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”  34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

Tell your crisis right now…you are going to be like everyother attack!  You will be defeated and become another trophy of God’s grace!


5 thoughts on “When you feel helpless and overwhelmed

  1. I am there right now, I can’t seem to stop long enough to just sit before the Lord and refuel. Many things coming at me, things I have to do, cat sick, car got hit, even spilled a whole bottle of detergent, (liquid) UH!! that was just plain annoying, lots and lots of things happening at once and normally my life is pretty much uneventful. I need some QUIET TIME. Thanks for letting me vent. I must seek the Lord and soon.

  2. Me again, I am reading more of what you are saying here——sounds just like me, especially this part—–The writer KNOWS his situation is out of control. He can’t fix it. He can’t even stand to think about it. The only hope is to flee. Have you felt like that? So what do you do?
    Well I think I want to take an African Safari : ) Your message is so much for me today it is almost funny. Thanks Mario, I will now go back to read more of what you are saying and see what I can do instead of leaving for Africa. Hope you can understand my humor. I like humor.

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