Events of late make it easy to suffer disillusionment, be discouraged, disheartened, dismayed, down and even depressed. So much bad news – failure, bailout, tyranny, lies, deceit, deception, disharmony, corruption, wars, foreclosures, un-employment, recession, depression, collapse – are words used in the common vocabulary of our day to describe the world and what is happening to us.

But what we are experiencing today is nothing new. Mankind has always had to suffer the results of what they have sowed in their disobedience to God and going astray. King David of the nation of the Israelites had the same problems we face today. He too often found himself ‘overwhelmed’ by current events and actions he took that brought calamity to him and others. David’s solution was the same solution we have: asking God to “lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee,
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I;
3 for thou hast been a shelter for me,
and a strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever:
I will trust in the covert of thy wings.

Psalms 61:1-4

Everything that happens in the world – everything that has always happened – is either caused by or allowed by God – for His ultimate purpose. Nothing happens in the world God created that He doesn’t already know will happen. God has never and is never caught by surprise.

God has yet to make His first mistake.

When you find yourself overwhelmed, ask God to lead you to Himself, as the Rock that is infinitely higher than we are. He is the shelter we can take refuge in, our strong tower in times of difficulty, discouragement, despair, dismay and disintegration. He can and will bail you out. He alone can rescue you.

He has promised to be there for us when we need Him, if we would only seek Him.

El Capitan, Yosemite Park, California, United States

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