BETWEEN THE LINES a frontline devotional

Overcome Frustrations

Day 16

“For the creation (nature) was subjected to frailty (to futility, condemned to frustration), not because of some intentional fault on its part, but by the will of Him Who so subjected it—[yet] with the hope that nature (creation) itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the glorious freedom of God’s children.”

– Romans 8:20-21

We are faced, sometimes daily, with frustrating situations. We are faced, often harshly, with the frailty of our humanity. We are faced, brutally, with twisted statements made by twisted people. “Why?” our hearts cry out. “Why must we put up with all of this garbage?” Romans 8:20 & 21 lays it out quite plain and simple. We were “made subject to” these frailties and frustrations in the hope that we might be set free. We are set free from these things by realizing that we don’t need that frustrating situation to go our way in order to be at rest in our souls. We are set free from frailty by letting go and understanding that we don’t need to be all-powerful to have perfect peace. We were made subject to these frustrations in the hope that we might overcome our bondage to decay and regression caused by arguments, lashing out against others, and self-pity.

Even as we realize our own frailty, we can remain confident and steadfast because God is Almighty. In the middle of unsettling situations, we can remain calm because God is our perfect Peace. When staring twisted minds and twisted ideas in the face, we can retain our joy because our joy doesn’t come from the prosperity or righteousness of humanity. Our joy comes from the throne room of Heaven, where it cannot be corrupted or stolen. Remember all this as you face your day. These lyrics say it well: “The chains that seem to bind you serve only to remind you that they drop powerless behind you when you praise Him,” (“Praise the Lord” by The Imperials). Remember that as you face frustrations, they only serve to remind you that they are not what control your joy. God is, and He is all we ever need in this life. With Him, even when we have nothing, we have everything we’ll ever need.

Pursue your purpose in Him,

Anthony B.