Keep doing what is right, be patient, and trust God
“So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
As we go about our days, things will come up that bother us. Depending on how much we focus on them will determine how much they bother us.
Most of us will do our best to do good each day. We don’t purposely go out and try to sabotage our lives or look for things that will upset us and frustrate us. However, against our best intentions, it happens.
God knows this happens, and His Will for our lives is to strengthen us and grow our patience and tolerance for these things. Just like He is patient and gracious with us, He wants us to be patient and gracious with others.
God also wants for us to press on doing what is good, even when it’s hard. In doing this, we are effectively lining ourselves up for His blessing; whatever that may be for our life.
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. He alone is my rock and my Salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.”
When we are frustrated, it feels like nothing will change. It feels like no matter what we do or how hard we try, that we will come up short. Again, God wants us to apply patience to the situation and seek Him. God is a God of victory and safety. If we are doing good and trying to walk with Him, even though difficult times will surely come about, He will help us get through those times.
If we find that we are frustrated, or moving into anger, we must realize that we are hanging onto too much of the issue. Instead, taking a five-minute time out somewhere or a quick washroom break to talk to God and to give it to Him will be most beneficial.
If a person is frustrating us, God wants us to act in love towards that person; yes, even our spouse and children. If we don’t, God sees this too, and then we must make right with God and that person. Better to keep the situations as positive as possible and take a break to seek refreshment from God.
Also, we must be aware that the enemy will use any and every situation to upset us and get us off of God’s path. When we give in to anger, we will struggle to walk in God’s Spirit. This is a tactic of Satan, and we must learn to recognize his attacks against us and turn to God in these situations.
Battling with negative emotion will wear you down
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’”
I spent many years as an angry individual. In fact, I only had two speeds: angry and depressed. I would start with anger and I would battle with that all the way to exhaustion, or depression. I have found that turning the situation over to Jesus and getting refreshment from Him is the only way I can deal with these emotions.
Over time, God has softened my spirit and I don’t seem to get angry very often. I do get annoyed, but for me, I see this as an indicator to take a break and seek refuge in Jesus. I simply go somewhere alone and I pray about the situation. I pray about my moods. I ask forgiveness for allowing myself to get angered and I give it over to Jesus.
Usually, this puts me back on the right track. The best thing I’ve learned to do is hold my tongue. I don’t mean to take the frustration and pack it down deep into my soul, but instead, to bite my tongue when I want to say something to someone. Later, or in that very moment if possible, I go to the Lord in prayer about it and I seek help from Him.
When we do it this way, God will give us wisdom and understanding. With this, we can know how to better handle irritating or annoying situations without us getting frustrated and upset. The more that we practice going directly to God when we see something getting the better of us, the better we get at maintaining a stable emotion in high-stress situations.
When we walk with stable emotions, we can focus more on maintaining our good example as a Christian to others.
God will give you direction and clarity
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
I find that I get frustrated quite often when praying. Not while praying, no; about five minutes after praying when God still hasn’t answered my prayer.
I bet I’m not the only one guilty of this, right?
God is a faithful God and He wants to answer our prayers. However, He has His own timing that really doesn’t compare to our timing. Of course, we only see what’s before us and we only know what’s in our minds. So, when we pray and God doesn’t rush into action before our very eyes, we can get frustrated that God is ignoring us.
God wants us to practice patience with Him, too. We can also learn to trust Him by looking at various stories and prayers of people throughout the bible. God rarely answered prayers immediately. But in so many of the situations, He answered them eventually – in His timing.
God wants us to seek Him in all we do. He wants us to go to Him about everything and get clarity and direction from Him. He then can start to put together a plan and in just the right time, if we don’t lose faith and confidence in Him, He will answer our prayers in the most perfect way.
It is when we jump ahead of God that we get ourselves into a mess. If we are praying for God’s provision, but after a short period of time He doesn’t come through for us, and we go ahead and use credit or borrow money to get what we were desiring, we are likely to end up with consequences instead of blessings.
But if instead, we pray to God about our desire or need, and then patiently wait and keep praying faithfully until…until He comes through, we will see blessings and we’ll avoid negative consequences.
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God will give you strength
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
In times of frustration, we can start to feel powerless. The more that we realize that we are powerless to fix a situation, the more frustrated we can get. And, the more we try to manage the situation without giving it to God, the more frustrated we will get.
God will leave us to it. He wants us to learn to trust Him. He wants us to learn to give all situations to Him. God is a teacher. Everything He does is a lesson. His goal for each of us is to build us up and bring us to a state of maturity in all good things.
He wants us to look at Jesus as our Mentor and He wants us to work tirelessly towards becoming like Him. When we avoid emotions like frustration, anger, hate, rage, and even depression, then He can mold our hearts for love and courtesy and respect and even peace.
Of course, we aren’t powerful on our own to go up against the enemy, who is faithful to cause destruction in our emotions. But this is why Jesus tells us that we can do everything through Him. He is powerful against the enemy, and when we walk according to His Will, with Him in our hearts, we can draw on that same power and we can have victory over the enemy.
If we are out trying to do God’s work anywhere in the world, we can expect a degree of rejection and even persecution. This is where we truly need to rely on the strength of Jesus. Otherwise, we will get worn down, we will get frustrated, and we risk ruining our example and reputation and maybe our ministry.
We are wise to realize that we can wake up every morning fully refreshed in the Spirit and that no matter how many times we call on God for refreshment, His well never goes empty. If we are out doing good and we are getting overwhelmed, we must look to Jesus for power and refreshment in our spirit to press on.
Think of the Apostle Paul; this guy had reason to be frustrated. However, He was wise to give it to God. When He was beaten and thrown in prison for preaching Christ, he considered it a joy to be persecuted for his Lord. We should carry this attitude as well.
A couple ways that I deal with frustration
1. I shift my focus to something else
As I mentioned, I have had my share of frustrations. I not only had to learn to give them to God, but I also had to learn how to help the situations through my actions.
Giving our negative emotions and difficult situations to God is the first step. But in doing this, God doesn’t immediately plaster a massive ear-to-ear grin on our face as He corrects all wrongs. Instead, He wants us to separate ourselves from the situation and change our focus.
As we do this, He will give us peace in our spirit to not sit and dwell and ponder on the negative, but instead, to go about with more productive doings.
When we pray to be delivered from a difficult situation, such as financial lack, God doesn’t often just throw money at us. Instead, He works out a great plan where He can use others to be a blessing. There might be two reasons for this: one, to help others learn to become generous, and two, to teach us to have faith in Him through patience.
But during this time, He will give us peace about the situation. This way, although not immediately delivered, we know the situation is being handled in the best way, and we can go about trusting God and learning His ways and being a good example to others. This is how great testimonies are built.
2. I get some time to myself and listen to something uplifting and encouraging
When frustrated, taking some time to listen to a sermon online or a recording of one will surely help us get our minds back in the right place. I realize that we can’t always just drop what we’re doing and throw on a sermon. But if we can, I can say this helps a lot.
If we are the type who goes to church on Sundays, but we just try to get through the week on our Sunday-recharge, we will burn out and become frustrated very quickly. God is a bottomless well of refreshment for us. If we are willing to wake up a bit earlier and spend a few minutes reading a chapter of the bible and saying a prayer, God can give us the recharge we need for that day.
I find that if I go a few days without reading His Word or without praying regularly, I become easily agitated and angered. We need to seek God daily and we need to operate in His power if we want to be successful in our life. I don’t necessarily mean financially successful, but rather, spiritually and emotionally successful.
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We live in a spiritual world where there is a spiritual battle between Good and Evil going on. This fight is for our eternal souls. If God wins in our life, we live abundantly with Him for the rest of time; if Satan wins in our life, we live eternally tormented with him.
While here on earth, if we walk with God, we will have peace and joy and contentment in our hearts. If we don’t spend time with God each day, we become weak to the enemy. This means we will deal with frustration and anger and depression and discontentedness each day. The enemy is constantly poking at us, trying to break us down and get us into negative emotion. Our best defense is daily communication with God.
We are wise to read through Ephesians 6:10-17 on a weekly basis. This Scripture talks about the spiritual battle and God’s Armor for us. When we put on His Armor every morning before leaving our house, we can be sure to be better equipped to get through our day walking safely with God, and not being vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy.
It’s not a sin to get frustrated or angry. However, it’s also no way to live. Can we have Salvation in Christ and still be frustrated? Of course. But this isn’t God’s Will for us. If you find that you are battling frustration, anger, or even depression, going to God and giving it all to Him is the best remedy.
Then, spending time each day, as often as possible, seeking God in prayer, reading His bible, and focusing on the character of Jesus, you will find refreshment and peace in your soul that can’t be gained in any other way.
In Joshua 1:8, we are told to meditate on the Word of God day and night. He wants us to learn His Word, the Scriptures, and have them memorized so that we can draw from their power in a moment’s notice; especially, when the enemy is attacking us through a person or situation.
God wants us to have a great life of abundance and joy. He knows it will be difficult and that there might be persecution at times, but He wants each of us to press on in love and obedience so that we can all share in the Eternal Kingdom of God, where there will be no sadness or pain. If we trust Him now, He will give us a foretaste of the infinite and ongoing peace we will experience later in Heaven.
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