Are You as Frustrated as a Bee in a Plastic Flower Plant? Part Five

Luke 21: 25 – 28

Having given attention to things not to do in relation to frustration, now consider things to do when frustrated.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

First, live honestly. “Repay no one evil for evil” (Vs. 17). The great Booker T. Washington said, “I will not allow any man to make me lower myself by hating him.”

Live Harmoniously. “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Vs. 18). Do all you can, without compromising your convictions, to achieve peace and harmony.

Live Humbly. “Do not avenge yourselves” means don’t take the law into your own hands.

Realizing we have frustrations we must learn how to deal with them.

Respond constructively. Psychologist Dr. William Knaus was quoted as saying frustration can “stimulate positive change.” Resolve to let it do so. Work for positive change.     

Learn to laugh at things that frustrate you. Depending on how you look at them they can be some of the funniest events. 

Rely on the Lord. “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in the time of trouble” (Psalms 9:9). To the oppressed, refuge is offered. On occasion all us are oppressed by circumstances or people.

We are a generation that has been taught to demand its rights. No race of any generation has been so committed to demanding rights. Because of the popularity of this mentality, however “Let each esteem others better than themselves” (Phil. 2:3). “In honor preferring one another” (Romans 12:10).

Can you imagine Christ demanding His rights? “Here Peter, you take this towel and bowl and wash my feet. That’s your job – not mine.”

Resort to prayer.  “Cast your burden on the Lord and He shall sustain you” (Psalms 55:22). You can express frustrations to the Lord. He cares for you. 

Wait upon the Lord. Consider the emotional, cultural, financial, or educational prison in which you might presently be.

Dr. Knaus said frustration could have a “disorganizing effect on memory and behavior.” You not only need a clean conscience, but a clear mind to deal with frustration. 

“Wait on the Lord, run not before Him.” By not waiting on the Lord you may be about to prevent Him from doing a great and mighty work in your life.