...in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:16 ESV
At the library, I noticed a poster advertising a meeting with the author of a series of books well familiar to me. In fact I had just checked out the latest in the series, feeling quite pleased with myself to have jumped the queue. Now, I wonder what I would say to the author if I met him. Could I look him in the eye and tell him, ‘Well, it was OK but really not one of your best. I found myself skipping ahead, frustrated with some characters, and some of the action; frustrated with you.’ This second of three brief posts on the theme of frustration comes from Jerry Bridges.
Jerry Bridges wrote: “…frustration usually involves being upset or even angry at whatever or whoever is blocking our plans. I might have an important document to print from my computer, but the printer will only produce gobbledygook. Instead of believing that God is sovereignly in control over the actions of my computer and that He has a good reason for allowing it to act up, I get frustrated. Actually, this type of reaction has its roots in my ungodliness at the moment, for at that time I am living as though God is not involved in my life or in my circumstances. I fail to recognize the invisible hand of God behind whatever is triggering my frustration. In the heat of the moment, I tend not to think about God at all. Instead, I focus entirely on the immediate cause of my frustration.
“The passage of Scripture that has greatly helped me deal with frustration is Psalm 139:16, which says, ‘All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be’ (NIV). ‘Days ordained for me’ refers not only to the length of my life but to all the events and circumstances of each day of my life.”
From Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins.