“Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.”
An amazing dialogue is found in this chapter as God describes what all He did for Israel in an attempt to get them to come back to Him. Several times Israel would come back to God, only to see them stray from Him after He began to bless. You will find God saying, “But I wrought for my name’s sake…” God did everything in His power to get them to do right, but He described what they did with two words: “nevertheless” and “notwithstanding.” You can see that God became frustrated with these people because they should have done right after all He did for them.
Let me ask you, are you frustrating God with how you live your life? If every Christian was to look at what God has done for them, they could honestly say that He has been very good to them. God says in Romans 2:4, that His goodness should lead the Christian to repent. With everything God does for you, obedience to His Word and desires should be the only action of your life. I’m afraid that God gets frustrated with many Christians because He works in their lives for His name’s sake, yet they often do their own thing and walk their own way. Let me warn you that God will come to the point where He will no longer strive with disobedient actions. You should live your life in such a manner that God never becomes frustrated with the investment He has made in your life.
Moreover, just like Christians frustrate God with their disobedient actions, many people frustrate their leaders by not doing what they are supposed to do. I have watched many pastors get frustrated with church members because they feel that they are getting nowhere with them because they keep on doing the same thing over and over again. Being a preacher’s son allowed me to see this first hand. I watched my dad spend nights away from the family, and invest hours trying to help people, only to see them cause problems in the church or ruin their life in sin. My friend, don’t be that Christian who frustrates their pastor because they just keep going back to the same sin. You should live your life right out of gratitude for all that they have done to help you turn out right for the LORD.
Likewise, I have watched many parents get frustrated with their children who just won’t do right no matter what they do for them. Parents will do everything in their power to try to get their children to live the right way, only to see their children criticize and turn from the scriptural ways they were taught. I have talked to many parents who are frustrated because they just don’t know what to do to get their teenagers attention. Teenager, don’t let that be you. Your parents love you dearly, and they are doing everything in their power to be sure that you live a blessed life. Don’t frustrate them with your indifferent attitude towards them.
Christian, are you frustrating those who invested in you? Let me encourage you to see all that others have invested in you, and don’t waste their investment by doing your own thing. If you will just do right and serve the LORD, you will never be the one who frustrates God or any other authority in your life. Let those who invested in you be pleased that their efforts were not in vain.