I’m going to start with dictionary.com to keep some people from becoming frustrated before they finish reading this. Frustrate is defined as, to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify: to disappoint or thwart (a person). I think it is safe to say we have all been there at some point in life and we can get on the same page of understanding. I feel sure at this point you’re trying to figure out where this is going, and I will attempt to tell you. Frustration is probably the number one heartbreaker in the US today because there is only one cure that is easy to find but very hard to apply because it has to do with our wants and desires, those things created deep inside of us. However, we have hope in Psalms 34:18 (NLT), The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Think about the last frustration you experienced and I’m sure you’ll find where something didn’t go as you expected. You didn’t get the outcome you sought when the idea entered your head and that of the actual result manifested in your life. This is when a great disappointment overcomes you or is otherwise known as a very frustrating situation. Which feeds thoughts of quitting, giving up, and a host of emotions getting involved to capitalize on your feeling of failure. FYI: spoiler alert, this is exactly where Satan wants you, weak, and easy prey to devour. He will stoke the fires of failure, and worthlessness, fueling feelings of self-pity, and anger, blaming everyone in sight. Read what is written in Colossians 3:8 (NLT), But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. To discharge Satan before he can start and give us time to rethink what just happened and where was God in it.
Many of us get so busy wallowing in self-pity that we cannot see the good that comes with things not working out the way we wanted or expected. We get so caught up in missing our mark that we lose sight of what God wanted or what the family needed. I remember how I had big ideas and the most impossible dreams which led to one frustration after another. Here is a confession for you, I wasn’t seeking God in my plans because I didn’t want Him to get the credit if something ever worked. Well, it did, and I wholeheartedly give Him all the credit and glory for my deliverance and who I’ve become. That one was and is all Him! Psalms 115:1 (NLT), Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
I learned a valuable lesson through all my frustration and prideful years and have never been able to get it into the appropriate wording until a few weeks ago when I heard, surrendering to Jesus doesn’t mean I’ve given up; it simply means I am transferring control of my life over to Jesus! I’m not a failure, I just need help! It was then I realized I don’t spend a lot of time analyzing how I got here or where I’m at in my walk with Jesus because I’m way too busy enjoying where He has me! I’m a lot more interested in where He’s taken me than where I came from. I said all that to say this, the power to defeat the harmful side effects of disappointment, failure, loss, etc., is within us. In many cases, it was our decisions that brought forth the situation and we can’t see our way out, but Jesus can and will lead us out once we honestly call on Him. FYI: Frustration will only last if you feed it!
Lord my prayer today is that of Hebrews 13:20 (NLT), Now may the God of peace - who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood - may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him? All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
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