What is it that get’s on your very last nerve? There is something that all of us are facing that is wearing us thin. Those are the things that raise the temperature, creates stress, and causes things that would not normally to bother us to become larger than life. There times we get frustrated about the events of life and feel that no one cares or knows how we really feel. Yes, we even question if God really cares about what we experience in the times of disappointment and frustration. It is at times like this that we are overly concerned with the activity – what is happening or not happening – and not the process. In the process of frustration, disappointment, and discouragement; our response can be to give up. However if during these times, we can understand that God knows about what we are going through and that nothing is escaping His watchful eye or concern– then frustration can turn into faith. What does the Bible say about frustration in the life of the believer?
Psalm 31:7 says, that God knows the depth and emotional impact of problems upon our lives, “you God have listened to all my troubles and have seen the crisis in my soul.” Now, some of you may think, “Nobody knows what I’m going through, nobody feels the pain I’m going through.” But listen, God knows. Indeed, He knows our feelings and frustrations … He has seen the crisis in the soul. Also, in Psalm 56:6 we are told that He is fully aware of the emotional intensity caused by continued frustration, “You know how troubled I am; you have kept a record of my tears.” What does this mean to us today? It means that there is no hurt that goes unnoticed by God. He has seen it all, He sees it all, and will continue to see it all — He knows exactly what we are feeling.
Have you experienced times that you have you felt that those around you in the church who are spiritual leaders have abandoned you at the hour of need? In Galatians 6, there is instruction about the matter of hurting people and the spiritual responsibility to them, “Brethren, if you over take your brother in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering your own self, lest you also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” While people may, at times, fall idly through the fault lines of ministry in the church, one thing we can be certain of is that, God knows exactly what you are going through, where you are at, and is concerned about what is happening in your frustration.
Often when people are hurting it is common to feel isolated, very lonely, even when there are people all around. Maybe there’s been a death in the family, a divorce, maybe a lost job and you feel the sting of the crisis deeply. What an ideal time it could be for some spiritual person to come alongside and encourage, restore, and minister a sense of Godly concern. However, because no one calls, no one comes by to check on the person, they feel all alone, isolated, and think, “Nobody understands the way I feel, nobody can tell the way I feel, nobody feels the pain.” You may feel like that even right now, but let me assure you of one thing: no matter what you are going through, God knows. He understands our hurts, the feeling of isolation, and the frustration that is being experienced.
In Psalm 103:13-14 instruction is provided for readers to realize that God’s loving concern is always faithful, “He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic for he knows what we are made of — dust.” He’s our creator. The fact is: God is sympathetic to my hurts and your hurts. Not only does He see, He cares. God understands why it happened.
He knows the causes, the reasons, the things that brought you to this point. He sees how it all fits together. The Bible says He understands because He made us. He knows my thoughts, my failures, my feelings, my frustrations. He sees the hurt in your heart. While no one else may care enough to … , God is always present in the hour of need – He is omniscient. Placing your trust in religious people, preachers, prophets, and churches is often the route that leads to disappointment — God is always faithful to you because He knows and continues to love — no matter what.
What should I do? In Psalm 142:3 it tells us that, “When I am ready to give up, He knows what I should do.” It is God that has the answer and holds the future in His hand. Others may tell you that your just over-reacting or make you feel like what is happening to you is not important, but listen; it is important to understand that God is not only omniscient, he is sovereign and is uniquely interested in all that is happening in your life. You may be ready to give up, but God is not. He knows what is happening and what you ought to do– He has a plan for your life.
If He sees and understand the pain that I feel, what should you do right now? A place to begin is in 1 Peter 5:7, where a solution is provided “Cast all your cares on the Lord, for He cares for you.” Cast them all permanently, once and for all and don’t take them back. Give Him your hurts just like you give Him your faults, every area of your life. Then, let God resolve the frustration that you feel about your life, what has happened, and what the future will hold. He is omniscient and He is sovereign.
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