What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed and Out-numbered

Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel out-numbered? Let's talk. There just might be a few things you're not seeing about your situation.

By now most of us have written our yearly goals. But one of the places we suffer defeat in our resolutions and yearly goals is the when we feel overwhelmed and outnumbered them. It is a trap we ought to avoid.

Our goals and expectations should not be a source of frustration.

Your desires for the year should not be a joy-killer.

I understand that life feels overwhelming especially when things don’t turn out the way we had planned. Like the Syrian army marshaled out against Elisha and his servant, that same way we feel completely surrounded by circumstances trying to drown us.

Bible Reading:  2 Kings 6: 9-16

The reality is we may not be confronted by a physical army like Elisha but in every way we are faced by to-do lists and goals, life challenges, unexpected events etc. But Elisha’s servant couldn’t process how Elisha was so at ease despite the dire situation. That worried him.

Honestly, I would too!

Keeping calm in the midst of hassling situation takes trusting the capability of WHO is with you.

Of course, the servant could only see his old master and him. So how were they going to get past this army surrounding them?

But his master saw what He didn’t see.

Gasp! What are you not seeing about your situation?

Join me make a quick prayer here: Lord, open my spiritual eyes and let me see in Jesus name.

The Lord is with you and He is more than any life battle you are facing or will ever face.

And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 2 Kings 6:16-17

And  I recall Hezekiah encouraging his people too, let us remember the Lord is with us.

Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:  With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. 2Chronicles 32:7-8 (KJV)

Do you feel overwhelmed or outnumbered? I love what Elisha did. He encouraged his servant and prayed for him. Here are the words of encouragement we can draw from this scripture.

*Whoever is with God is never alone. God doesn’t abandon us in the days of trouble He is ever present. Alleluia!

*Don’t be afraid. In the midst of troubles, fear weakens our faith. Let us break off all ties with fear.

*Not sure what to do?  Pray for the Lord to open your eyes.

*When people around you feel discouraged, don’t give in. Keep your faith alive by holding fast to what the Lord has shown you.


Thank you, Lord, for you are ever present to help me in the time of need (Psalm 46:1). Thank you for your comforting grace to overcome difficult and overwhelming challenges in Jesus Name.

By His Great Grace,

Ifeoma Samuel


  1. Wendy Johnson says:

    This was the bible verse used in the message at my church yesterday. Maybe God thought I needed to hear it again. Thank you

  2. Christy Mobley says:

    Fear is such a faith killer. What a timely and relevant post. Thank you for this reminder of where we need to hold fast. Thanks for sharing on RaRalink-Up today.

  3. Hazel Moon says:

    My husband tells me to not overload, because he knows I can tire easily, but God gives me opportunities to bless, and I must obey the Holy spirit. Fortunately no one is hassling me yet.) Always remember Greater is He that is in YOU, than he that is in the world. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story. http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

  4. Lisa Ehrman says:

    Holding fast to God’s word is always the answer to fear. Thank you so much for this wonderful post about fear and being overwhelmed. I’m so glad you linked up at Together on Tuesdays.

  5. Dawn says:

    Always encouraged by your faith and trust in His promises, Ifeoma. And this verse in 2 Kings is one of those faith-builders that we need to remember… much like John 4:4, “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.”.

    Bless you friend!

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