Frustration! It’s defined as the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something. Man, do I get that feeling – often! Too often.
We all get frustrated. If you aren’t frustrated today you will be another day. Frustration is Coming!
So how are Christians supposed to handle feelings of frustration?
I don’t know all the answers but here are some things, in no particular order, that you might want to work through.
A. Ask yourself if your feelings are legitimate. It might be that you are upset or annoyed over something that you shouldn’t be. Your feelings of frustration may have more to do with you than with whatever is stopping you. Feelings are tricky things.
Read Jeremiah 17:9.
B. Ask yourself if this is what you should be doing. It may be that God doesn’t want you to change whatever you’re trying to change. Or achieve whatever it is that you are trying to achieve. This will involve prayer – perhaps a lot of prayer to determine if God is stopping your efforts.
Read Psalm 73:24.
C. Ask yourself if whatever is frustrating you is in line with the Word of God. This relates to #2 but is slightly different. Too many times Christians want to do things that are not in agreement with God’s Word and they are frustrated when God stops them. He’s doing it for your own good.
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
D. Ask yourself if this is something that you need to put on hold and come back to at a later time. Today may not be the right time. Tomorrow (figuratively) may be the right time. You might not be ready yet, whereas with more spiritual growth you might be.
Read 2 Peter 3:1-8.
E. Ask yourself if you have included God in your plans. Many times in life we strike out on our own to achieve something without consulting God. Have you searched the Bible to make sure your plans are not contradictory to what the Scriptures teach? Have you spent time in prayer asking God to direct your steps?
Read James 4:13-17.
F. Ask yourself if you are Trusting God or if you are Trusting yourself (or someone else, or your plans). The book of Proverbs makes it clear that we are to walk in trust and when we do, God will guide us.
Read Proverbs 3:5-6
G. Ask yourself if it’s really that important. Sometimes we are frustrated over things that are really not that important in life. Don’t burn up valuable time and energy on things that are not worth it. Be discerning.
Read Philippians 1:9-10.
Frustration may be a good and necessary sign that we need to step back and reexamine our desires, decisions, and plans.
Stay in the Word