Are you feeling overwhelmed in your work, relationships, responsibilities, or something else? The feeling of being overwhelmed is common in our fast-paced culture. But God is ready to help you when you feel overwhelmed.
Bible Verses to Help When You Feel Overwhelmed
It’s not enough just to cut things out of your schedule. You need help to manage your thoughts and emotions when you feel overwhelmed. A caring Christian counselor can help you prioritize your schedule, manage your emotions, and find greater peace.
Meditate on these verses about God’s unchanging character to feel safe, secure, and at peace instead of overwhelmed. Keep these verses in mind when life seems out of control. By praying over these verses and even reciting them out loud, you’ll start to reorient your mind toward God. He’ll offer you peace in exchange for your anxiety.
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? – Numbers 23:19
Though you may feel overwhelmed, God never gets overwhelmed. He does not think like you, nor change his promises toward you. He is constant, steady, and faithful, even when your world is wildly spinning.
The next time you feel anxious from all your responsibilities, feelings, or worries, remember God is high above you, watching over you with love. He is big enough to handle everything, so you don’t need to try to handle things on your own.
From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. – Psalm 61:2-3
Crying out to God when you are overwhelmed is a must. You probably already realize that you can’t handle everything on your own because you’ve come here for help. That’s the first step to getting better – admitting you can’t do it all on your own.
Remember when you cry out to God that you can find safety and refuge with him. He protects you not only from people who oppose you but also from the devil’s attacks on your sense of peace.
He can even help you learn to manage your emotions, so you don’t feel attacked from within. A Christian counselor is qualified to help you sort out your emotions and overcome the negative feelings you have when you are overwhelmed.
Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever. – Psalm 93:5
It’s important to focus on what’s true and unchanging when your world is in chaos around you. This truth about God’s laws and his reign can be an anchor for you. Meditate on it in the moment you feel chaotic and stressed, and it will bring you peace.
Of old, you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. – Psalm 102:25-27
Here’s another verse about God’s unchanging character. All his characteristics stay the same, year after year. He has been faithful to everyone in his creation since time began. He is also faithful to you in your times of trouble. Take comfort knowing that what concerns you so greatly right now is a tiny drop compared to God’s providence. He will do the heavy lifting in your problems as you hand them over to him.
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken – who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him? – Isaiah 14:27
Are you feeling overwhelmed about changing plans? Does an uncertain future cause you to feel anxious? You can trust God’s plans to unfold according to His perfect timing and perfect will. Nothing that will happen to you is outside His knowledge or authority. He is watching over you with love, assigning you tasks in perfect measure. Trust that he is working everything together for your good, even the hardships you experience (Rom. 8:28).
But this is what the Lord says: I would no more reject my people than I would change my laws that govern night and day, earth, and sky. – Jeremiah 33:25
No matter how overwhelmed you may feel, the Lord will never reject you. He is right beside you in your struggles, never leaving your side. He guards you from the rear, sides, and front, making sure that nothing touches you without his prior permission. If you feel rejected, take comfort in meditating on this promise. His love for you is constant.
I am the Lord, and I do not change. – Malachi 3:6
This verse is so short and simple, you can memorize it so you’re ready to use it when you are feeling anxious. Reciting this verse out loud helps you declare it to yourself, so you believe the truth rather than lies. It pronounces truth before the devil, so he has no power over you. Make this verse a regular part of your prayer and meditation time. This verse will give you peace when you need it most.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17
God, in His infinite grace and kindness, is ready and willing to offer you good and perfect gifts when you feel overwhelmed. The Holy Spirit will give you the fruits of the Spirit – including patience and self-control – to keep you centered (see Gal. 5:22-23 for the full list). When you need these gifts, simply ask him in prayer. He will faithfully supply the help that you need to fight off feelings of being overwhelmed.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8
This is a comforting verse for the times when you feel like everything is shifting around you. Jesus is right beside you, encouraging you and strengthening you in your fight. He empowers you to fight back against the dark spiritual forces that try to overwhelm you with anxiety, fear, and doubt (Eph. 6:10-18).
Jesus protects you with his rod and staff, leading you down the right path (Ps. 23). He is always ready to give you his perfect peace that passes all understanding, the kind that lasts (Phil. 4:7).
Christian Counseling to Help You Find Peace
Studying, praying over, and meditating upon God’s Word provides key help when you are overwhelmed. But what if you need further help? That’s when a Christian counselor can come alongside you and help you find lasting peace.
A counselor will help you why you feel overwhelmed. You may be a perfectionist by nature, and your counselor can help you manage that side of your natural wiring. You may have experienced past trauma that overwhelms you. Your counselor can help you deal with past problems to find solutions for today.
You can feel overwhelmed during different seasons of life. High school and college students may be overwhelmed with choices, schoolwork, and anxiety about the future. Young families are often overwhelmed with the demands of raising children while balancing work and financial responsibilities. Ministry workers can feel overloaded with obligations. We can help you no matter what life season is causing you to feel overwhelmed.
Get in touch with us today to set up an appointment. We can help you deal with the deeper issues and form practical solutions while supporting your relationship with God.
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