July 18 The Tool of Frustration

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:20–27

Key Verse: Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Frustration is defined as “a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs.” Though frustration hardly seems like a tool God would use, Romans 8:20–21 reports that it is an avenue by which God teaches us how to enjoy the freedom He so graciously provides: “The creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God” (niv).

Do you experience a deep sense of frustration that derives from problems or needs beyond your control? Remember, God is in the process of revealing a great lesson to you. He allows frustrations to build so you will be driven back to Him in prayer.

It is in times of quiet devotion that we hear the Savior whisper words of hope and peace to our confused and frustrated hearts. Only God can offer the freedom we need to survive our greatest frustrations. He is the One who knows how to satisfy perfectly our every need.

Are you feeling frustrated today? Rejoice! God is at work in your life. Ask Him how you should handle this frustration. Never allow feelings of doubt and confusion to rule your emotions. God has set you free!

Father, thank You that Your Holy Spirit lives in the center of my frustrations and gives direction to my prayers. Help me to remember that when I am most despairing, I am also brought closest to You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 209). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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