This is a very emotional and adrenaline-driven time in our nation. People are feeling frustrated with the current state of affairs. Every clickbait button on our computer screen, each controversy of faith or culture, foolish, and the foolish and demeaning words spoken in private or public are immediately thrust into our face. It is like we are trying to take a drink from a fire hose running at full blast. It is an impossible task.
Frustration is an interesting word. The first half of its definition describes a person who is upset or annoyed with something. It is in the second half of its definition where we discover what actually fuels frustration. It describes a person who feels unable to achieve or attain something. Frustration comes when we feel helpless to bring change to the things that annoy or upset us.
The feeling of helplessness is what empowers our frustration. This state of emotion is a critical juncture that must be navigated carefully. It is here where sin lurks waiting to find an opportunity to reveal itself in the justification of our frustration. Revolutions have fed on the feeling of helplessness since the beginning of time.
If you are feeling helpless as the result of an unchecked frustration, confess it to the Lord as a sin. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you are never helpless – ever. Feelings of helplessness that open the door to sin are disempowered in the light of confession. The simple act of disclosing to God your feeling of helpless frustration will take the rough edge off your emotions and help you realize something greater is at work than just an unbridled display of human emotion. It is at the point of confession where you will discover how to respond to people who live trapped in theirvfrustration. Your words will then become supernaturally empowered because you will have rediscovered your only true source of hope.
“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent” (Proverbs 10:19).