If you feel frustrated a lot nowadays, then don’t feel condemned. Biblical teaching on handling frustration the godly way will help you understand and come to the root of the problem.
Frustration is not only your problem but a universal one, it can bring you great sadness and anger at the same time and you can get rid of it completely by moving forward and leave your ego aside. In Luke 9:38-56, we find Jesus in several frustrating situations.
Here is a Biblical teaching on handling frustration in a godly way:
1. Learn from Jesus
If you become frustrated there is good news that you don’t have to stay frustrated! We can learn from Jesus’ frustrations to remain focused on the word of God and the mission He was sent to accomplish here on earth. “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.” Proverbs 24:16 NLT
Again this word is such a comfort to all of us. “They did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.” Luke 9:45 NIV.
There will be times when you’re frustrated and you don’t understand what God is saying. When life doesn’t seem to be going your way. You wonder what God could possibly have in mind. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.” Proverbs 3:5-6 GNT
2. Lean on Faith
When you don’t understand why God is moving you down the path you’re on, it’s trust that you need during those moments. God does have a good plan for you, even though you don’t see or understand it, you must have faith in God.
When you’re frustrated you look for someone to pin the blame on, because you rarely blame yourself, right? When the disciples were arguing among themselves about who was the greatest, Jesus spoke about being like little children and welcoming little ones. Even today being great is not out of fashion but only God is truly great and we need to be humble and have faith in Him to deal with the frustrations in our lives.
3. Submit to God
We get very frustrated when our plans fail and they don’t work out. Jesus’ frustration was evident when he was so good to the Samaritans, but in his hour of need, they refuse him. “But the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.” Luke 9:53NIV
The Bible says that “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21 NLT. Even Jesus’ plans sometimes did not work out, but he never doubted God’s purpose. When that village forsake Him, He did not get all worked up and frustrated but just moved to the next village. It’s not about our plans, it’s all about God’s purpose.
We may be frustrated by many things in life but you can learn a lot from how Jesus dealt with the frustration in His life because He was 100% man 100% God at the same time.