September 14, 2022

Hello Advent Family,

Does life ever feel overwhelming?  I saw a cute reel the other day of a three year old little girl trying to wake up and saying, “this is just too hard Mom, I need my bed to hold me a little longer” Perhaps you have experienced a similar sentiment before.  If you have ever felt that way you are in good company, Elijah, Moses, David and even Jesus felt overwhelmed in the Bible and didn’t want to stay the course.  The common thing for them and for all of us is that in the midst of the overwhelming seasons of life God is right there with us.  David writes about this in Psalm 3.  Let’s look at it together today.

Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!

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.

I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked. 

From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people.

We will all face times in life that feel beyond the strength we have to offer.  These are often times of person and spiritual growth as we are almost forced to lean in to God’s strength.  In the words of the old Steven Curtis Chapman song, “His strength is perfect when my strength is gone.  He carries us when we can’t carry on.”  What a great truth to lean in to.  We may truly be overwhelmed but God never is.  If you are in the midst of such a season today, lean into the strength of God.  He will never let you down.

In His Grip,
Pastor Dave