WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
NOVEMBER 25, 2023
TOPIC: POUR OUT YOUR FRUSTRATION TO GOD
BY T. O. BANSO
“But Hannah answered and said, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now” (1 Samuel 1:15-16 New King James Version).
Frustration is defined as a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs. Everyone, including the children of God, faces frustrating situations at one stage or the other in his life. Frustration can set in when a man doesn’t see progress in what he’s doing, when he doesn’t see the result in a particular endeavour, when a particular negative condition seems to be defying all remedies or efforts, etc.
In Jeremiah 20:7-10, a prophet of God of Jeremiah’s standing, out of frustration, wrongly accused God of deceiving him. “O Lord, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me” (verse 7 New International Version). But it wasn’t true that God deceived him when he called him to be a prophet. Jeremiah said that because of what he was going through. He said it out of frustration arising from people laughing at him because of the prophecies God gave him to speak to the people and the persecution he was receiving from them. He poured out his heart to God. He expressed his true feelings to God. He didn’t hide from Him how he felt.
Although Jeremiah poured out his frustration to the Lord; he didn’t turn against God. He still had faith in God. Immediately after pouring out his frustration, he said in Jeremiah 20:11-12: “But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten. Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause” (New International Version).
In the book of Job, we also find Job pouring out his frustration to God. In response to the speech of one of his friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Job said, “I wish my frustration could be weighed, all my calamities laid on the scales! They would outweigh the sands of the seas! No wonder, then, that my words come out stammered! For the arrows of Shaddai find their mark in me, and my spirit is drinking in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me” (Job 6:2-4 Complete Jewish Bible). He also said in Job 7:3, “And so to me also have been allotted months of frustration, these long and weary nights” (The Living Bible). Job further said in the latter part of Job 10:15, “I am filled with frustration” (The Living Bible).
In the process of pouring out his frustration to God, Job said what he did not understand, things too wonderful for him, which he did not know (Job 42:3). However, after God had spoken to him, he realized he was wrong; he abhorred himself and repented in dust and ashes (verse 6). Nevertheless, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has” (verses 7 New King James Version). Despite pouring out his frustration to God, Job still had faith in God.
The devil will always want to frustrate the children of God at some point in our lives. What is important at such times is how to handle the situations so that we don’t give up; we must overcome and go ahead to fulfill God’s purposes for our lives.
Some people talk to everybody about their frustrating situations except the most important person. Sometimes they waste their time discussing with people who may only make them a subject of gossip rather than be of help to them. Be selective about people you share your troubles with.
Let the Holy Spirit lead you about the person to share your frustration with – no man is an island. “Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love]” (Galatians 6:2 Amplified Bible). The Living Bible puts it this way: “Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.” Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (New King James Version). The Amplified renders it thus: “Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].” You need other people in your life.
While you should be selective about those you discuss your challenges with – God may use them in His own way to help you – but realize that there is a limit to what human beings can do for you even if they have the best intentions.
Consider this dialogue between Rachel and her husband, Jacob: “Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or else I die!’ And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, ‘Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?’” (Genesis 30:1-2 New King James Version). Jacob admitted his limitation. As much as he loved Rachel, he couldn’t help her until God opened her womb.
Elkanah couldn’t help Hannah either until God answered her prayer and gave the fruits of the womb. Hannah discovered the secret of pouring out her soul to God rather than bemoaning the taunting of her rival, Peninnah. She replied to Eli who had accused her of drunkenness that she wasn’t drunk but she had poured out her soul before the Lord. “But Hannah answered and said, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now” (1 Samuel 1:15-16 New King James Version). Note the phrase “But have poured out my soul before the Lord.” While you may discuss with the people you consider necessary, pour out your soul before the Lord.
Cast your care or anxiety upon the Lord for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). If you give your burdens to the Lord, he’ll take care of you; he’ll not let you stumble and fall (Psalm 55:22). Don’t be worried about anything rather pray and thank God. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version).
Pour out your frustration to God. Don’t hide your feelings from Him. Be sincere. You don’t need to pretend. We see this sincere expression of feelings a lot in the psalms. Tell God exactly how you feel. Be honest. He is your Father. God can handle the expression of your feelings. You can’t surprise Him. There is nothing you want to tell Him that He doesn’t already know. He will take care of you. He will not allow your frustration to consume you. He will turn things around for you. “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall” (New Living Translation).
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, I will tell you exactly how I feel. I will pour out my frustration to you because You love me dearly. Father, let all my unresolved problems be solved; meet my unfulfilled needs. Please meet the needs of others who are currently going through frustration. Deliver all those who have suicidal thoughts because of frustration.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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