God and Frustration!
Complete frustration took over me the other day. I felt like I was beating my head against a wall. I’ve been working on a specific project to get a particular piece of my business launched and when I tell you nothing is working right, I can say nothing is going my way. Dead ends, bad leads and pieces just not falling into place. I found myself asking, how many more times will I hear no, or hit a dead end or have something just not pan out. Sure enough, just as it usually happens, somehow my questions I ask to the ceiling get answered.
I was going through my studies for my ministry and we are reading the book of Jeremiah. In Chapter 36, the Lord asks Jeremiah to “take a scroll (of parchment) for a book and write on it all the words I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations from the day I spoke to you in the days of (King) Josiah until this day.” So God, asked Jeremiah to write down the words (prophecies) the Lord spoke to him from what is an estimated calculation to be from 627 BC to 605 BC. Now that is about 22 years. Imagine writing 22 years worth of your life down into a journal. Detailed too. Not with a fancy pen, but with a quill, ink and parchment paper. The king at the time got word of this scroll and ordered it to be brought to him. As the scroll was being read to the king, he would use a penknife (see Jeremiah 36:23) and would throw the pieces into the fire that was burning in what we would today call a fireplace.
Can you imagine all your writings, all your hard work being tossed away and burned up by someone? What do you think Jeremiah did? Well, in Jeremiah 36:28, the Lord says: “take another scroll and write on it all the former words that were on the first scroll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah burned.” After reading this, I looked up and said thank you God, I get it! I’ll get back to accomplishing my goals!
When you feel like things aren’t going your way, or maybe you don’t have enough left in the tank to keep going, just think of Jeremiah!
God Bless! And keep living every day with God.