GraceLife Blog 71-Frustrated

God can be frustrating.  Sometimes it feels like we go round and round in circles with God.  It almost becomes a battle or a wrestling match with him.  We try to out think him with our every thought, and we make excuses and give reasons as to why we are tired of dealing with our struggles.  We tell him that it would be nice to be done praying for the same things over and over.  We tell him it would be nice just to get what we’ve been praying for, because it’s been years now and our time is almost up.  Soon we will be in serious trouble.

It’s common for a person to get frustrated with God and then get angry, but we have to remember that getting angry doesn’t solve anything.  Nor does getting frustrated.  Know that waiting on the Lord is good, and that many people have been in the same situation before.  In the bible there are many examples of people who have been waiting on the Lord for so long that they are long past the stage of light and airy prayers.  They have hit the stage of banking on the Lord, because they have waited for so long that he is all they’ve got.  “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.  My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning” (Psalm 130:5-6).

Having faith during the wait and calling on the Lord to bring peace is the cure to frustration.  It’s okay to get upset at times–it’s only natural–but it’s better to think about things that don’t make us upset.  It’s better to keep humble when praying to God, but if by chance we do lose our cool, then let’s continue to pray as we do.  That way the Lord can calm us down and we can find a quiet place in our spirit to apologize for losing our trust and faith in him.

Jesus knows everything that is going on in our lives.  He knows that people are taking from us, everyday, without giving back, making us feel like we are light years behind where we need to be.  He knows our clothes, houses and nerves are wearing out and he knows our bills are piling up, and he also knows that we will be just fine if we put our trust in him.  When we live for the Lord, our bills are his bills.  We get frustrated with God, but the only cure to our frustration is God.  Stay close to the Lord in prayer, in faith and in his Word.

He will rescue us when the time is right, but he will also be the refreshing water that keeps us going each and everyday regardless of how dry everything else around us has gotten–regardless of how edgy things have gotten.  He will repair our broken hearts, our broken relationships and our broken cars.  He will smooth out those rough edges on the people that we have to live with so our lives aren’t robbed of joy and peace any longer.  Keep praying, don’t give up, be strong and put all trust in Jesus Christ, because even though frustration will rise “…the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.  For the Lord is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for him!” (Isaiah 30:18).

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