There is so much we are challenged by in life and sometimes it’s hard for even the most positive person to overcome that feeling of defeat. I’ve seen people who normally don’t get anxious be hit by struggle after struggle and lose the ability to cope. I’ve experienced personally, the ability of the devil to make us dwell on what we can’t do and all that is going wrong, instead of keeping our eyes on the all-knowing and all-powerful God.
All those things we get overwhelmed by must be seen through the eyes of God and not through our own narrow vision. Whatever you’re facing, he knew it was coming. Maybe that makes you angry; I completely get it. But think of it this way – If he knew it was coming, doesn’t he also know what’s next? Isn’t he the same God that is in love with you? Why wouldn’t he want what’s best for you? Isn’t he the one that can handle anything? So why wouldn’t he fight and be the ultimate victor in your life?
I read a post that really encouraged me in a moment of angst. A reader had written in to Matt Walsh’s blog about being overwhelmed by the evils of this world. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought the same exact things. I have to say, I’ve been so caught up in my own life that I sometimes struggle to keep perspective on the larger issues going on in the world around me. Even then, I love Matt’s response because it not only speaks to those, especially his reminder that we have a calling to be light in darkness. I would add one thing to his point about “this culture” and say that Satan also wants us to give in to those feelings of defeat and hopelessness. Choose to battle with God on your side; you’ll eventually come out on the other side of whatever’s going on in life.
“We have the capacity to spread truth and bring souls to Him. We are armed with abilities beyond our comprehension, and our actions, our words, or thoughts, will reverberate through the cosmos in ways that we cannot possibly understand….This culture wants us to become so beaten and broken that we abandon the loving, sacrificial, and procreative facets of our humanity. Don’t let them do that to you. Have kids and raise them with hope and equip them with the armor of truth. They will suffer, just as you have, but they will also live, and love, and win many battles for Christ.” – taken from The world is a horrible place and you’re in it for a reason