Have you ever told someone that they are whelming you or that the situation is too whelming? It’s not over or under, it’s just whelming. How can we be overwhelmed or underwhelmed but we can’t be just whelmed? My fun challenge to all of you today is to use the word “whelmed” in a sentence. Don’t explain what you mean by it or why you’re using it, just say it and then walk away and drop a mic if you can. (Someone seriously needs to invent a sarcastic font!)
Usually, when someone says they’re overwhelmed they are feeling low and down. They feel like there’s not enough time in the day and they’re probably not going to be able to get done all that they need to get done. Rarely does someone tell you that they’re overwhelmed and then go on to explain that they’re just loved too much and too deeply and that they can hardly handle all of that love. I suppose it could happen, but let’s be honest we would all probably want to slap that person!
However, when I really think about it I am loved so much and so deeply by the Creator of the Universe! When you get right down to it, that is overwhelming. For a long time in my life I was just whelmed by God’s love. Perhaps I was even underwhelmed by it, although, as a Christian, you are never suppose to admit such a travesty. I just got so used to it and I had turned it into something that it’s not. The Bible tells us that through God’s love we are more than conquerors! (See Scripture below)
For a long time I had convinced myself that I had to be good enough for God. I heard a quote by Jon Acuff that addresses this exact thing “God is not going to be handcuffed by our failures just as he won’t be set free by our victories.”
God is a loving and forgiving God. If you think that your failures are too big for God to handle, you have to understand that nothing is too big for Him to handle! Have you ever thought about the fact that our “stuff” never overwhelms God? A friend of mine, Evangelist David Ring who has cerebral palsy, says it this way, “God never says oops!”
Let’s all take some time today to think about God’s love for us and I challenge you (yes, this is the second challenge, but this one is a little more serious) to allow yourself to be overwhelmed by it. Let it sink in that the Creator of this universe calls you and me His friend, that in and of itself is overwhelming. God is greater than any failures, and He’s greater than any struggles. He’s greater than any doctor, He’s bigger than any marriage, He’s more powerful than any politician. Friends, I’m tired of just being whelmed by God, he is truly wonderfully overwhelming!
Romans 8:31-37 ESV
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.