When was the last time that you were in a frustrating situation? Chances are you could be facing a frustrating situation right now. Well, if that’s you, then there is good news and not-so-good news. The not-so-good news is that I have no idea how long you will be in that situation. It could be a few days longer, a few months, or maybe even a few years. Here is what I do know: God wants you to be patient in that frustrating situation no matter the length of time.
Now, here’s the good news, the reason that you are even frustrated is because you have expectation. Expectation is important because it is the tool that powers your faith. There are many, many people right now who are in frustrating situations, but have become complacent and believe that is all they will ever have. They are stuck in frustrating situations and don’t really have any desire or expectancy for anything better. They are missing expectation! If you don’t expect anything, you probably won’t ever get anything.
That is not you though! You have great expectations! You are believing God to do amazing things in your life. You know what? He will do it! Right now God is teaching you how to keep your expectation and patience in harmony. There is encouragement and instruction for us found in Romans 12:12 (NLT) which reads rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
If you are going to be patient in a frustrating situation, here are a few things for you to remember:
Keep on Rejoicing
The scripture tells us to rejoice in confident hope because we know WHO our hope is in. He is our hope and strength which means that we can trust Him even when we are feeling frustrated. Rejoice through the frustration because you know that a day is coming when He will do just what He said.
Keep on Praying
I believe you will find that the more you pray, the less frustrated you will feel. At least that is the case for me. I find it very difficult to maintain my frustration and worship at the same time. The more I pray, the better I feel. The more I pray, the smaller the frustrating situation appears. The more I pray, the better I am able to ‘see’ that God is still present and in control.
Keep on Serving
There is no way to truly serve and bless others with a heart filled with frustration. If you can do it, then you probably aren’t displaying a loving and gracious servant’s heart, and well that’s another discussion for another day. Lol When you truly serve with the love of Jesus that frustration washes away and you are able to focus on the God who loves His people; the God who always comes through.
You may be frustrated today, and trust me, I get it! Better yet, God gets it. He understands. This week, focus on rejoicing, praying, and serving your way through. Our Father will be pleased with your display of patience. Let Him heal your soul!
Your Sister in Christ,
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for keeping me during this frustrating situation. Help me to be patient and trust you because I already know that you are in complete control, love me with an everlasting love, and that you have good and perfect gifts for me. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.