The Purpose Of Our Frustrations
Amos 4:6 “I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the LORD.
4:7 “I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another. One field had rain; another had none and dried up.
4:8 People staggered from town to town for water but did not get enough to drink, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the LORD.
The purpose of our frustrations is made clear. God allows us to be frustrated so that we may seek His help out of the frustration. God allowed lack of food to face His people, so that they will turn to God and plead for food. God timed when the crops most needed rain, then He withheld rain, so that people can be triggered to turn to Him for help which only God can offer. God brought erratic rains and insufficient water, so that in that frustration, the people will remember that we can ask God to help us out. Yet in all these frustrations the people haven’t returned to God….
The purpose of our frustrations was to briefly and quickly remind us that we need God. But we seem to be slow learners, we can’t get the reason why we are frustrated in all our efforts. We are taking too long to figure out that returning to God will end all our frustrations. It’s amazing how much suffering we are taking, yet returning to God would have ended it, yet we haven’t returned to God!
The purpose of our frustrations was to drive us to God for salvation. But our frustrations have driven us to seek other gods whose help hasn’t worked, yet we haven’t returned to God. But we are working hard to provide solutions of our own and ignoring that divine intervention would resolve issues. All our solutions have backfired, even the most prospective, yet we haven’t thought that God can put things straight and end our frustrations.
We are bend on finding a solution, we have consulted, thus wasting time and money, we have benchmarked, we have copied others, we have taken every advice literally, except the need to return to God for help. Yet, this was God’s purpose for our frustrations, that we return to Him for quick reliable help, yet we haven’t returned!
The purpose of our frustrations was to make it clear that in anything and everything God is a reliable ultimate solution. But we have in our frustrations tried everything except God! Marriage and relationships problems have led us to counselors, online solutions, social media, radio and TV discussions, traditional, parental intervention, everything except God! Business problems have led us to all seminars, more loans, more studies, more trial and error, except God.
Work place problems have led us to be exploited by godfathers, to bootlicking, to unprofessional conduct, to transfers, to resignations, to further training, to perseverance in toxic environment, except seeking God’s help. Academic problems have led us to all types of advice, extra tuition, more text books, school transfers, useless motivation talks, and superficial so called prayer meetings, except a true recommitment to God. We were to turn back to God in all these, yet we have not returned to God!
If you have frustrations that are defying all solutions… it could be and it is a call to return to God! You have tried every known prescription and solution and it’s not working? It has failed by hook and crook? Return to God and it shall be well in Jesus name!
The purpose of our frustrations was to make God the only glittering and reliable option for permanent desirable solutions, but we don’t seem to see that! The frustrations have proven how far we are from God. The frustrations have proven how little we think of God. The frustrations have proven that we have faith in other solutions than God.
The frustrations have unfortunately proven, that to us, God is ceremonial, for worship, prayer, praise and feel good, but not for practical living in all aspects of life. Our God is not just ceremonial, He want to be actively involved in all aspects of our lives, yet we have not returned to Him!
Returning to God first entails confession and repentance of all known and unknown sins. Returning to God entails adoption of practices that are promoted by biblical and Christian faith even if they don’t make logical/rational sense, e.g. where bribing is the most obvious sensible thing, don’t bribe, don’t break the Sabbath, don’t commit adultery, love the unloveable, forgive deliberate offenders, don’t defy spiritual guidance. Returning to God is trusting God for the results after you have done your part right. Returning to God is a faith relationship spilling into your daily activities. Frustrations were to return us to God, yet we haven’t returned to God!
Dear God, in our daily frustrations, may we be reminded to fully and truly turn to you, even today, and may we find the best solutions and lasting happiness and blessings in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)