“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.” (Psalm 28:7)
We are approaching the middle of the semester, and you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. As your schedule becomes busier, it might seem like nothing is slowing down. During times like this, it is easy to feel burdened and lose hope. With midterm exams right around the corner, you may be starting to feel anxious.
But there is good news! When we feel as though we cannot handle what is to come, we can turn to God. We are not called to rely on our own strength. No matter how big an obstacle in front of us may seem, if we rely on God’s power, we can overcome it. In addition, God’s strength acts as a shield from feelings of anxiety we may experience. When we fully put our trust in Him, He walks alongside us.
Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” Whatever trials we may be going through, we can take them to the Lord, and He will give us the strength to walk through them. When we fully put our trust in Him rather than ourselves, we will not be shaken.
When it comes to feelings of doubt, we can turn to Hebrews 4:16, which says, “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Even when we feel incompetent, we can find confidence in knowing that when we call upon the Lord, He will help us. Rather than being confident in our own abilities, we can be confident in God’s abilities.
In these next few weeks, I encourage you to make a conscious decision to trust God and rely on His strength. In times when you are filled with doubt and anxiety, remember God’s promise to walk alongside us when we call upon Him.