Overwhelmed But Not Defeated
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:4
The year was 2003 and we were expecting our first child. I was going to be a dad, and I was ill-equipped for what was coming (little did I know exactly how ill-equipped I was!). I tried to read some "father" material but felt unprepared for the role. I had boarded the roller coaster of fatherhood and there was no getting off the ride as we waited for it to leave the station. At that time, I had attended some college but never finished. I had a decent job but not one I wanted to do the rest of my life. I felt like there was so much I still needed to do but the due date was not to be postponed.
Rebekah was due in June and we were fast approaching that date. I had not saved money as I should have, and we were living paycheck to paycheck. Rebekah was taking time off of work after Nate was born, and I was not sure how we were going to make ends meet. It was an exciting time but also somewhat overwhelming. Nate came and we were thrilled to be new parents until we realized we would not be getting any meaningful shut eye for the next year or so. We were sleep deprived and financially drained. We were late on our mortgage, and I had to go into the bank to tell them of our plight. I paid what I could and was able to pay the full bill in a couple of weeks. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed and felt defeated.
I had a new mouth to feed and he seemed to want to eat all the time. I knew I had to go back to school but it seemed so far out of reach. We got through that tough stretch even though there were some pretty rough patches in between. Through that time, though, God met our every need and after 10 long months, Nate finally slept through the night.
We often feel this way in our Christian lives and get overwhelmed with temptation and life’s struggles. We pray for a check to come in the mail and a bill comes in its place. The rain seems to fall on our neighbor's green grass but not on our patch of dirt. We ask God to help us in an area of our life, and then we fall back into the sin that so easily besets us. We feel we will not achieve what God wants us to achieve because the devil constantly speaks lies in our ears. He encourages us to sin and then accuses us when we do. We may be overwhelmed in this world but we should be encouraged by this verse. We are of God and God is greater than any trial or tribulation we may face. In I Corinthians 15:55 the Bible states, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Death could not hold our Savior and the devil is nothing compared to our God.
Where are you today friend? Do you feel discouraged? Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel like you are doomed to a life of defeat in your sin? Are you believing the devil’s lies or are you grounded in God’s truth? Do you realize that God created you, and if you are a Christian, the devil has no authority over you? Do you realize that when you have God you have everything? Great peace comes from knowing God and trusting that “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” May we be encouraged by the greatness of God and may we find security in being His child.
Stay in the fight!