Why, Lord ... Why?
Most people tend to experience frustration in one way or another. Many don’t understand why “God allows” this or that situation. Follow the footsteps of the apostle Paul in a journey to discover more about the Bible’s answer to frustration.
Paul accomplished many extraordinary things for God. He walked in faith, obedience, and trust in the Lord. Yet, he too experienced frustration...God allowed a thorn in the flesh, a great source of suffering, to afflict him. (See the passage in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
The legitimate question is, “why, Lord ... why?” And when this question remains with no answer in sight, it may be accompanied by an inability to understand and frustration. But look at the following key from the Bible …
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.” (see Isaiah 55:8)
His thoughts are not ours ... God doesn’t think, and thus doesn’t act, like we would. So if God proceeds in a way you don’t understand ...
- Is frustration inevitable?
- Are you doomed to live frustrated?
What if part of the solution was hidden in simply accepting the frustration, telling ourselves that God knows better than we do and is always acting in our best interest?
It’s easy to say but much harder to actually live out. But living in Christ does not mean remaining a prisoner to frustration. It’s possible for us to relinquish it into the hands of the Master so that we can go through every situation with His peace.
Thus, even when nothing happens according to our plan, we can still …
- Turn to God,
- Receive peace,
- Thank Him for everything we have,
- Go forward in serenity.
Here's a prayer you might find helpful:
“Lord, I turn to You with thankfulness today. Thank You for what You’ve already done in my life and what You’re about to do in the upcoming days. May my heart be open and willing to receive Your counsel and teaching. In Jesus’s name, amen!”
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