God I look to you
God I look to You, I won't be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, You're where my help comes from
Give me wisdom; You know just what to do
This song has been ringing in my spirit for the last twenty four hours and it just will not go away. Life can threaten to overwhelm us sometimes. Unanswered questions, health problems some of which seem insurmountable, issues with our jobs, our children, finances, crumbling marriages, and many more.
In John 16, Jesus had a long conversation with his disciples telling them about his crucifixion and of the troubles that would come upon them after he had gone to be with the Father. The chapter concludes with him saying "“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”" Life can be hard and as 2 Corinthians 12:10 says we will experience "weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities” but we are not left without hope. Jesus warned his disciples of the hardships ahead so that they would not be taken by surprise and also would be filled with peace in those times of turmoil knowing that victory over all that was assured.
David found himself in a desperate and sad place too. His son Absalom had rebelled against him and was marching towards Jerusalem with his men to seize the throne. David, the king chosen and anointed of God, the man after God's own heart was in deep trouble. So he fled the palace to sleep in the wilderness and in caves, chased out like a common criminal. As always he looked to God for deliverance. He refused to be overwhelmed to the point of giving up. He wrote in Psalm 3 "...Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord , are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord , and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me...From the Lord comes deliverance..."
The Lord indeed delivered him and restored him to his throne. Do not give up yet and do not lose hope for whatever your story, God can and will help you. Sometimes it takes longer than expected for God to come to our aid and we get super frustrated because we do not see things from God's perspective. In those times let us ask God to give us vision so we may see things like He does. Seeing things from God's angle will help us not to be overwhelmed. And when we are at our wits' end let us ask Him for His wisdom because He always knows just what to do.