Ps 46:10 - "Be still, and know that I am God;…" NIV
The Best Advice
This friends is the best advice I can give you when your life is filled with frustrations. It is at this time that you want to find a place where you can "be still". The Hebrew word used here means "to be astonished, be silent, or to quiet yourself".
Now that is not all you are to do. While you are being silent, "KNOW that I am God," the Lord says.
As you read all of Psalm 46 you will see the Psalmist is letting us know God is the one who protects us. He is our refuge, strength and ever present help in trouble.
Your Most Frustrating Time In Life
As you read this Pump Up think back on a time in your life when you were totally frustrated with your life. Ask yourself this question, "What brought on your frustrations?"
A lot of our frustrations come as a result of "unmet expectations". We expect something (a promotion or a financial raise at work) to happen to us or for us at work and if it doesn't happen we become frustrated with the situation.
Similar expectations can take place at home, school, or in our personal lives, and when they don't happen the frustrations come upon us quickly.
How To Handle Frustrating Situations
The Psalmist says, "Be Still, and know that I am God…" In other words, he is saying, "Trust in God." God sees what is going on in all of our lives. Some of these very things may be happening to us as a test.
Heb 11:17 - "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac,…" NASU
How frustrated could that command have made us? God tells Abraham now to go and sacrifice his son, Isaac. It took 25 years for God to fulfill His promise to Abraham that he would have a son.
Now he has a son and he is told by God to sacrifice him. I am sure that didn't meet his expectations of things to do with Isaac.
But God's word informs us it was a "test". Instead of becoming frustrated control your emotions and keep telling yourself this is a test from God and He would not be giving it to me if He didn't think I could pass it.
How Are God's Tests Frustrating You Today?
I would like for you to think on that question for a minute.
Are some of the frustrations you are experiencing from God? Is He trying to give you a test that will make you spiritually stronger?
It really doesn't matter if God is giving you a test or not. The key here is Ps. 46:10 -"Be Still, and know that I am God…" is the answer to our frustrations.
The frustrations you are facing could be coming from someone else besides God but the key is Being Still, and know who your God is, and what He is capable of accomplishing with you.
Think on These:
What chance can a man have to control his destiny when he can't control himself?
During times of frustrations the best weapon to hold is your tongue.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.