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Overwhelmed to Overcomer


Mark 3:7, “Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed.”


I remember when COVID gripped America. Honestly, I would rather not remember those days of confusion, frustration and difficulty. People were sick and dying. Hospitals were overwhelmed by the need of the moment. Nurses and doctors were taxed beyond their ability. Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry of Franklin Graham, set up a temporary tent hospital in New York City’s Central Park to help with the overwhelming problem. There was a real struggle across American to keep up with the problem. Perhaps, you are in a season where you feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of problems and needs in your life. You seem too weak to endure the moment. You lack the capacity to respond adequately to the overwhelming pressure. In this moment I want to turn your attention to Jesus. In Mark 3:7 we read, “Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed.” Jesus withdrew to the wilderness shortly after the religious leaders determined they wanted to destroy Him. After he withdrew to the wilderness a multitude of people went out to see Him. The people who went out to see Him were not going out to throw Jesus a party. Rather, they came with their problems. They needed Him to do something to help them. In this moment of Jesus ministry some were wanting to destroy Him while the multitude were needing His help. If I had a multitude of people coming to me to solve all their problems I think I would be absolutely overwhelmed. Yet, despite the magnitude of this moment Jesus moved calmly forward to do the Father’s will. He was completely composed and under control. If today you feel overwhelmed I encourage to turn to Jesus. He is the One who is able to overcome every overwhelming situation. If He is not overwhelmed by the multitude’s problems, He is certainly not overwhelmed by your problems.

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