What Does The Bible Say About Frustration?
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What Does The Bible Say About Frustration?


I don’t know about you, but I get frustrated sometimes. It seems like nothing ever goes my way. But is frustration a sin?

The Bible has much to say about frustration, and it’s not always easy to interpret. But one thing is clear: frustration is not always a bad thing. There are times when it can be helpful.

In this article, I’ll explore what the Bible says about frustration and share some tips on how to make the most of it.

What the Bible Tells Us About Handling Frustration

I have to be honest: I get frustrated easily. I’m impatient and wouldn’t say I like to wait for anything. This can be a real problem when it comes to dealing with frustration.

But the Bible has a lot to say about handling frustration. There are quite a few verses that talk about this topic. The key is to remember that God is in control, even when we feel like everything is going wrong.

When feeling frustrated, taking a step back and evaluating the situation is important. Is there anything we can do to change the situation? Or is it out of our control? If it’s out of our control, we must give it up to God and let Him handle it.

If there is something we can do, we need to put our trust in God and do everything we can to bring about His will. We may not see results right away, but we need to keep trusting Him and working for Him—even if it means being patient for a while.

Biblical Examples of Frustration

In the Bible, we see several examples of frustration. One of the most well-known is the story of Job. He goes through a series of incredibly frustrating situations and doesn’t understand why God is allowing them to happen.

Another example is the story of Moses. He spends years leading the Israelites out of Egypt, but they keep turning away from God and doing things their way. This leads to much frustration for Moses, who often feels like he’s banging his head against a wall.

These stories remind us that frustration is a natural part of life. We’re not always going to understand why things are happening the way they are, and we’re going to feel angry and upset sometimes. But as long as we stay faithful to God, He will help us get through it.

Different Prayers to Help Deal With Frustration

One of the first things I do is pray when I’m frustrated. Not because I think God will change my circumstances but because it helps me center myself and focus on what’s important. Here are three prayers that I’ve found helpful in dealing with frustration.

First, there’s a prayer of thanksgiving. This is a great prayer when you’re frustrated because it reminds you of all the good things you still have in your life. It’s a way of taking your focus off of the thing that’s frustrating you and putting it back where it belongs.

Another prayer helpful in times of frustration is a prayer for humility. This prayer reminds you that you’re not always right and that there may be other ways of looking at a situation. It helps you to approach your frustrations with a more open mind.

Finally, there’s a prayer for courage. This prayer gives you the strength to face your frustrations head-on and fight through them. It helps you to stay positive in the face of adversity.

Knowing When to Ask for Help With Frustration

Sometimes, we need to ask for help when we’re feeling frustrated. We might need help to understand why we’re feeling frustrated, or we might need help to figure out how to deal with our frustration in a healthy way.

The Bible tells us to seek wisdom when we’re frustrated because wisdom will help us understand our situation and figure out what to do. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

When we’re feeling frustrated, it can be difficult to know how to deal with our emotions in a healthy way. Thankfully, some people can help us with that. Christian therapists, counselors, and other mental health professionals can provide us with the tools we need to deal with our frustration in a healthy way.

What We Can Learn From the Bible About Overcoming Frustration

The Bible has a lot to say when it comes to overcoming frustration. There are dozens of verses that can help us healthily deal with this emotion.

One of the most famous verses about frustration is from the book of Proverbs: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). This verse reminds us that our words have power and that we should use them wisely. When we’re feeling frustrated, it’s often tempting to lash out in anger. But this verse reminds us that responding with kindness is much more likely to diffuse the situation.

Another helpful verse is from the book of James: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). This verse doesn’t downplay the difficulty of dealing with frustration. It acknowledges that frustration is often a result of trials and challenges in life. But it also tells us that we can view these trials as opportunities for growth. If we see frustration as a chance to grow and learn, it can be much easier to deal with.

These are just two of the many verses in the Bible that can help us deal with frustration in a healthy way. If you’re struggling with this emotion, I encourage you to look up some of these verses and allow them to speak into your life.

Making a Plan to Manage and Move on From Feelings of Frustration

The Bible tells us that we should be careful not to allow frustration to turn into sinful anger. “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26).

When we’re feeling frustrated, we must take a step back and ask ourselves what is causing those feelings. Is it something that we can change? If so, making a plan to address the issue can help us to move on from those negative emotions.

If the source of our frustration is something that we can’t control, like another person’s behavior, then we need to learn to let go and trust God. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

When we focus on God’s will for our lives, it helps us to put our own desires and frustrations into perspective. We can’t control everything, but we can trust that God has a plan for us and He will work all things out for our good (Romans 8:28).


I’ve been struggling with frustration lately. It seems like every time I try to do something; it ends in disaster. I’m unsure what I’m doing wrong, but the universe is against me.

I know that the Bible says that God is with me, but I can’t help but feel down when it feels like everything is going wrong. I don’t know what to do.

But I know that I can lift my head up and keep going. God is with me, and I know that he has a plan for me. I may not understand what’s going on right now, but I know that I can trust in God.

Pastor Duke Taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.