Frustration

Genesis 4:6-7

The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

Frustration sometimes seems to be the goal of Satan in Christians’ lives, nothing more. Job was frustrated, but overcame it. Cain was frustrated and it overcame him. Frustration is important to understand. The dictionary on my laptop defines frustration as “the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.” That’s right. Frustration is only a feeling. The circumstances that inspire it may be real and difficult, but frustration is an option. Like all feelings, it’s a choice.

What I’ve discovered lately is that frustration is a choice born out of a belief. When I am thoroughly frustrated, I am also convinced of some kind of lie associated with God’s promises. “Pitching a fit” and “peace with God” are two states at opposite ends of my life experience. This is something I don’t want to hear when I’m frustrated, but it is what I need to understand. The Lord has shown me, time and time again, that prayer is the best way for me to listen to what I don’t want to hear. Prayer is where the power of God starts in life. I can get anywhere from prayer, but I can’t get anywhere without it. Stuck and prayer-less are synonyms in Christian life; their byproduct is often frustration.

 

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