Day 3: O for Overcome
Begin with a couple of minutes of stillness and silence, to let go of the things on your mind and to become aware of God’s presence.
READ Psalm 119:28 (GNT)
I am overcome by sorrow; strengthen me, as you have promised.
In the Good News Translation of the Bible there are 26 references to ‘overcome’. Some refer to emotions and feelings, for example sorrow, anxiety, fear, horror, distress. Some refer to events or situations where people/armies have overcome adversity. But in the New Testament, we see the emphasis change from being overcome by circumstances to being able to overcome them.
In Matthew’s Gospel, we see Jesus telling Peter that he is a rock which will be the foundation of his church and that not even death will be able to overcome it (Matthew 16:18). In Luke’s Gospel he explains to the disciples that he is giving them authority to overcome all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). In the first letter to the Corinthians, Paul explains that when the end comes Jesus will overcome all the powers and authorities and spiritual rulers (1 Corinthians 15:24)
There are times in our lives, when the events and circumstances which we find ourselves in can provoke strong emotions and we can become overcome by them. The good news is that in these times we can look to the Lord to strengthen us and enable us to navigate them with his help and assistance.
Choose a word, phrase, or even the whole verse to silently ponder on. Turn it over and over in your mind and see what God will show you through it.
PRAY the Lord’s Prayer
Carry your chosen word/phrase/verse into the day with you and repeat it at intervals during the day.
Make a note of the insights you gained from this verse in your journal.