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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

FRUSTRATION

(Anger, Hopelessness, Mistakes)

January 22, 2006

 

How should we handle frustration?

BIBLE READINGExodus 2:1-10

KEY BIBLE VERSE: But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. (Exodus 2:3niv)

 

BIBLE READINGJob 10:1-22

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Yet all the time your real motive in making me was to destroy me if I sinned, and to refuse to forgive my iniquity. (Job 10:13-14tlb)

Avoid making important decisions when you’re frustrated. In frustration, Job jumped to the false conclusion that God was out to get him. Wrong assumptions lead to wrong conclusions. We dare not take our limited experiences and jump to conclusions about life in general. If you find yourself doubting God, remember that you don’t have all the facts. God wants only the very best for your life. Many people endure great pain, but ultimately they find some greater good came from it. When you’re struggling, don’t assume the worst. 

 

*** BIBLE READINGEphesians 6:1-4

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4niv)

Don’t be the cause of frustration in others. The purpose of parental discipline is to help children grow, not to exasperate and provoke them to anger or discouragement (see also Colossians 3:21). Parenting is not easy—it takes lots of patience to raise children in a loving, Christ-honoring manner.

Don’t be motivated by frustration. Frustration and anger should not be causes for discipline. Instead, parents should act in love, treating their children as Jesus treats the people he loves. This is vital to children’s development and to their understanding of what Christ is like.


In the midst of frustration, remain obedient to God. Moses’ mother knew how wrong it would be to destroy her child. But there was little she could do to change Pharaoh’s new law. Her only alternative was to hide the child and later place him in a tiny papyrus basket on the river. God used her courageous act to place her son, the Hebrew of his choice, in the house of Pharaoh. Do you sometimes feel surrounded by evil and frustrated by how little you can do about it? When faced with evil, look for ways to act against it. Then trust God to use your effort, however small it seems, in his war against evil.

 

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