Today, my encouragement to you is to run to God and His shelter when you’re feeling overwhelmed. What does this mean exactly? It means to gain the courage to build awareness of our thoughts and feelings, because ultimately, God is the creator of these emotions. In modern society, many of us, especially men, have learned to suppress our feelings and not become emotional, however, God does not desire that for us.
Instead, God wants us to acknowledge our emotions when we are anxious: “I’m feeling this way right now, and that’s okay.” It’s a good idea to process it. When a situation stirs your emotions, you can say, ”I’m going to run to God, into His shelter, to His spirit and His word, as this provides me strength.” You can even take your frustrations out on God. He would rather you get angry at Him than get angry at your neighbor or your family. He’s strong enough and can handle your emotional outbursts.
Friend, God has victory in store for your life. Three-quarters of the Psalms give us evidence that David, God’s chosen shepherd and king, is mad and upset with God. It’s amazing how God loves David, and David loves God. David writes in Psalms 103:17, “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—.” I want to encourage you to train your mind so that your first response when you experience emotions, a tight feeling in your chest, or anger, is to run to God. Say, “Lord, this is what’s on my mind and heart. What’s your answer to this?” Know that half of attaining victory is just believing that it is so!