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Weekly Devotional: Overcoming the Overwhelming


By Ally Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

In college it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Classes, jobs and life responsibilities really pile up and sometimes it feels like more than we can handle. When we are feeling in over our heads, we often try to fix things on our own, when what we really need to do is turn to God.

In John 16:33, Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus knows the struggles of the world. He came to earth and lived in the midst of struggle, but for our sake He overcame it all so that we can have peace.

Jesus gives us hope in a future that is beyond the daily world struggles and it is because of that, that we don’t have to worry. This earth is only temporary, but our lives in heaven will be eternal.

In Isaiah 40:31, it says, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” By putting our trust in God, we will be lifted up and given the ability to get through all the things that threaten to pull us under.

Life can be hard, but Jesus offers salvation and a peace that passes all understanding so that through Him we are able to overcome the overwhelming things and rest in Him.

In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Jesus did not create us just to leave us to deal with our problems on our own. He is walking alongside us and desperately wants us to rely on Him for strength.

So if you are struggling under the weight of the world, give your burdens to the one who has overcome the world and never runs out of strength.


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About Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Allison Richmond is an Arizona native and a junior at Grand Canyon University. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing with a minor in marketing. She hopes to use her degree to pursue a career in journalism or advertising in order to share her ideas and creativity with the world. Allison has a passion for writing. She has gotten the opportunity to pursue this passion through writing for Odyssey Online, working on writing research with her professor and writing for the GCU blogs. When she is not writing, Allison enjoys reading, traveling, baking and spending time with her friends. 

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