Alas, I find it a common personal experience for me to feel frustrated if things do not work out in the way that I want them to. But surely if I believe in a sovereign God who is in control of all things then this is not a good response. Furthermore, when I consider that this God is my Father and in Romans 8:28 we are informed by Paul that we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. In the light of these things it is even sinful for me to allow the fall-out that circumstances to frustrate me.
Recently I was given encouragement from the Lord on this issue. I had, last month, been referred to the hospital by my GP for physiotherapy. On contacting the physiotherapy department last week, I was a little disappointed that I only could have an appointment in a month’s time. Happily on Tuesday someone sought to contact me to offer me an appointment for yesterday. Alas they could not contact me whilst I was out. They spoke to my wife and left a message. I immediately contacted them when I found out but I could not speak to the lady and all the appointments apparently had been taken. I was feeling frustration and starting to bubble up inside. However, I sought to take myself in hand in the context of believing in a Father who is sovereign over all. Why should I fret when such is the case?
On Wednesday morning I decided to telephone just really to clarify, with the person who had phoned the previous day, about what had happened and what I should do in the future. Remarkably the lady, who was most helpful offered me an appointment for that morning at 10.30am!
This was an encouragement from the Lord to my soul. Now I don’t want to be overly seeing cause and effect in this. However, I perhaps do discern that when I have been frustrated in the past that has not led to a helpful resolution of a matter and has led to disturbance of my soul.
So I turn to Psalm 37 and see statements like these in verses 5-8
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret – it leads only to evil.
Hey Philip be encouraged to stop fretting and start trusting!