When Life Is A Hot Mess // Overwhelmed
[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]
What causes the feeling of stress and overwhelmed?
- Messy house/disorganization
- My past
Overwhelmed – to be buried underneath; the feeling of drowning
Upon a promise by Jezebel to kill him, Elijah flees in fear.
Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” (1 Kings 19:3-4 NLT)
Panic is a response to fear. And even if you have nothing to fear..panic is still possible.
Elijah had not been in sin. No, he had just witnessed God do many amazing miracles. But he was still afraid. He might’ve been weary from his recent ministry and battles against the enemy.
Four signs that you may be overwhelmed:
- You are afraid. (verse 3)
- You are running from something. (verse 3)
- You are alone. (verse 4)
- You want to die. (verse 4)
Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” (1 Kings 19:5 NLT)
Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap.
You might wake up rested and with more clarity.
So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God. (1 Kings 19:8 NLT)
Elijah ran to God. And God turned to God.
There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the LORD said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.” (1 Kings 19:9-13 NLT)
Things looked hopeless for Elijah.
He was overwhelmed.
But God spoke to him in a tiny whisper, “Elijah, it’s going to be ok. I’ve got this.”
And God can whisper that same encouragement and reassurance to us too.
Let’s run to God.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)