We all go through periods of frustration. Frustration often manifests when we don’t get our way or when we can’t control things. We take matters into our own hands but we can’t get to where we want to be. This is a good example of not letting God be in control. I have to admit that it is still a habit of mine from time to time. I was reading Isaiah chapter 44 and a few verses stood out. Verse 8 proclaims “Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” Trying to control everything is trying to be our own God. Some would say it’s idolatry. The point is we ought to deter frustration by reprogramming ourselves as we develop a “God is in control reflex.”
I wish I could control everything that happens during the day but I don’t have that ability. No one can. However, we can control how we are going to react to what happens. It takes practice but it’s something we can all achieve. Our first reaction to everything should be “God is in control”. Our first reaction should be opening our eyes of faith wide instead of opening our eyes in fear. Some things are bound to shock us but we have the ability to turn shock into serenity with the support of the Holy Spirit. A quick prayer can evidently help us get to a serene place. If we overload on God we will unload His presence in all circumstances. Trials can squeeze us and all that will come out is a declaration of victory because of the greater One who is in us.
“Greater is the One that is living in us than the one who is in this world” (1 John 4:4). This verse refers to God in us. It doesn’t say “greater are we, greater than the one who is in the world.” God is our strength. Outside of Him we are nothing. Once we let that sink into our spirit we will understand that it is His power that matters and that we always, always need to call on Him for help. We can’t prevent things from happening but those things don’t change God. The frustrations of life will always show up. In the face of frustration, God wants us not to tremble and not to be afraid but to release them to Him. Ask Him to take away the frustration and tell Him you believe He has it all under control. Before long you will see how He confirms that He is indeed in charge. He won’t let you down. Let Him be in control. God is “the first and He is the last” (Isaiah 44:6). Don’t worry. He will have the final say in every situation. Just trust Him!
Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 4:35; Isaiah 44; Joel 2:27