In the book “The Insanity of God” by Nik Ripken, he tells the story of going to Somalia during the civil war and dealing with land mines that had been placed by warring factions. It was dangerous to walk in the streets or fields for fear of setting one of these off. I couldn’t imagine fearing my children stepping on one of these by simply playing outside. King David knew what it was like to have traps set for him. He didn’t lose hope. Trust the Lord with your path.
“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.”
Where to Go?
One of the most challenging aspects of being overwhelmed is not knowing what to do or where to go? David felt this when he said his spirit was overwhelmed. The walls of his world were crashing in, but he didn’t lose trust in the Lord. He knew that even though he was lost, God knew the path he was on. God had put him there and was guiding him in the direction he was supposed to go. If you are feeling overwhelmed and lost, don’t lose hope. God is with you, and He knows the path you are on. Trust Him and keep putting one in front of the other.
Part of David’s struggle was that his enemy had laid traps to catch him. Not only was he lost, but there was danger in going forward. This is where you need to heed the words of Isaiah “No weapon fashioned against us shall prosper.” You need to accept that fear is normal, but your God is greater. He will order your steps and will protect you from any attacks.
Trust the Lord with Your Path
Are you overwhelmed with what life has thrown at you? Trust the Lord with your path. He knows the way and, He put you on that path. Walk by faith and not by sight. Give your fears and anxiety to Him and let His peace fill your heart.