GOD IS OUR REFUGE WHEN LIFE IS OVERWHELMING

Posted: July 27, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”

– Matthew 26:38 NIV

The reason why Hebrews chapter 4:15 discloses that we do not have a high priest (Jesus Christ) who is unable to sympathize with us and our weakness, is because Jesus felt what we felt and experienced life as we do. God understands us. God cares about us and He is concerned about us when we face the troubles in this life Jesus explained to His disciples that we would face in John 14. Even the prophet Isaiah declared that Jesus was a man of sorrows acquainted with grief (familiar with suffering in the NIV version) in Isaiah 53. In fact, the book of Hebrews goes on to say, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” – Hebrews 5:7 NIV

Jesus’ mind started to become overwhelmed with the reality of the suffering He was about to face being crucified for the sins of the world. But even greater than that, the momentary distress of feeling separated from the Father because of sin. In agony He cries out, ‘My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?’ – Matthew 27:46b In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus expresses the intensity of emotion tormenting His soul (feeling overwhelmed) and then goes off into solitude and prays. God responds by sending angels to minister to Him that strengthened Him to fulfill the purpose for which He was sent into the world. While on the cross, in the midst of His suffering, Jesus felt forsaken and cries out to God about how He feels. He dies, but God raised Him from the dead!

Remember my post about Hannah (see Provoked to Pray) and her story in 1 Samuel. The bible says that while Hannah was praying, her lips were moving, but no sound was coming from her mouth. She expressed being deeply troubled, in anguish and bitterness of soul was used to describe how she felt. Jesus sounded like He wanted to die saying He was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death, while Elijah just came out and said to God, ‘Take my life now.’ “He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. I have had enough, LORD, he said, ‘Take my life.'” – 1 Kings 19:4 NIVWhat Hannah, Elijah and Jesus all have in common is their personal suffering and the proactive initiative to carry their burdens to God in prayer. God responded to each of them and He will respond to you too! Trust in His unfailing love and hope in His name for your deliverance and salvation during the overwhelming times and troubles of life.

May God bless you and help you to come to Him in prayer to relinquish to Him the internal struggles you face so you can be strengthened and released from what encumbers and weighs you down to experience the freedom and fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

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