Frustration was plaguing my mind quite a bit this week.
Since I came back from the Peace Corps, I’ve been in a season where I’ve been looking for full time work. I’ve applied for jobs that I’m over qualified for and under qualified for. Still, only rejection letters have come my way.
The lack of sufficient pay has forced me to live with my parents. Needless to say, I’ve been in a season of uncomfort.
Most mornings would start out great. My Bible reading would leave me feeling really energized and ready to conquer the day. Then, at slightest sign of discomfort, I would go back to feeling frustrated about my situation again.
Truly, the problem was that I gave my negative thoughts time to mull. I’m not alone on this one. Too often, instead of instantly fighting negativity with the power of the Word, we make the mistake of letting our thoughts sit. Consequently, we give them time to make way into our spirits, words, and actions.
Not long after those negative thoughts came, I found myself confused about being patient for God.
“You’re crazy to wait on the Lord,” a thought would say.
So, I would pray for strength, but my prayers were only fueled out of irritation that I shouldn’t have allowed to gather in the first place.
Soon enough, I was uttering the prayer that many of us say too often, “God, I feel like you’ve forgotten about me.”
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark 4:19
The scripture above says that it’s the cares of this world that will cause us to forget about God’s Word. We let our jobs, money, family, and relationship problems cause us to think we no longer matter to Him.
His promises, His love, and His care are all so clear in His Word. Time and time again, He proves to us how much he cares.
Although we sin and make mistakes, His love still shines on our lives through the breathe He allows us to breathe, the food He allows us to eat, and the clothes He puts on our backs. Yet, at the faintest sign of uncomfort we begin to cringe and think that God has forgotten about us.
God will call you to a season of uncomfort to prepare you for greater. Great callings will always cause for great affliction. Look at President Obama. Do you think that everyday for him is comfortable just because he lives in the White House? The higher the calling, the greater the affliction and preparation.
If anything, God hasn’t forgotten about you, He’s preparing you for so much more. He’s molding you for the purpose He has for you. Just because everything around you seems like it’s not going the way you think it should, it doesn’t mean God doesn’t care. God is always kind, even in our affliction.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.” 1 Corinthians 13:4
If we say we love God, that means we have to be willing to suffer long for Him, not in vain, but because there’s a purpose in your suffering. God doesn’t waste people’s time. He wouldn’t allow you to go through something simply for the sake of doing so.
My problem with frustration started the moment I neglected to fight my negative thoughts with a scripture. There is power in the Word of God. It’s our weapon. So, when evil thoughts come, we have to immediately counteract them with the truth, the Word.
If Satan tries to tell you, “God isn’t going to get you through this,” don’t let that thought sit, meditate, and develop into other thoughts. Immediately speak back to that thought with the truth and say, “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.” Psalms 27:8
If Christ suffered the cross for us, can’t we handle what God is only taking us through to make us stronger? In order for God to take care of your situation, you must give Him your life. How can He take care of what He doesn’t have?
If you want to give the Lord your life, simply pray out loud this prayer of salvation, “Lord, come into my life and live through me. I believe you died for me and that you were raised from the dead after three days. Come into the depth of my heart and show me my purpose for living. I want to live your will for my life. I admit that I’m a sinner. Forgive me for sins. I love you Lord. Give me understanding, wisdom, knowledge, and discernment for all things in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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