I am doing a great work and cannot come down
I think that all of us have experienced frustration or doubt to some level in our lives. Perhaps, for some of us, the amount of time or times that we have experienced these things may be frustrating.
Sometimes, I believe, frustrations lead to doubt.
There is one thing that I am sure of. That is that we do not ever need to doubt the Lord. Because He is constant. He is always there, and if we do doubt Him we can come back to Him and realize that He is and always has been there for us.
So, what causes frustrations? For many, frustrations come when they believe strongly in a certain way and things do not go according to their beliefs or their hopes. I have had reason to have frustration lately with trying to set up a group for advocacy and support for mental illnesses.
A lot has been going well with it. We have a group of students who are very interested and we have a leadership set up with president, two vice presidents, a secretary, and a marketing person. Things are going very well. The reason for the frustration is that we have to be approved to be on campus before we can start officially meeting. Right now, we are in the process of getting approved, but it is taking a lot longer than expected.
This example shows another reason for frustrations for some. That is: some things take longer then what we want or would like them to. There are many reasons why people can become frustrated. Now, how do we respond to those frustrations?
I believe that this is the key. Do we turn and begin to doubt that any good thing is possible? Do we begin to doubt that things will ever happen? Or do we turn to the Lord and explain how we feel and ask for help to accept His will?
Often times, frustrations can lead to doubts. Doubt destroys. Doubt and fear corrupt and undermine hope and faith. Doubt is also a natural and human tendency. I believe that Satan glories and triumphs every time we doubt or begin to doubt. It is him and his angels who want us to and plant doubts in our minds.
They want us to doubt that we are worth anything. They want us to doubt that we have a purpose here in life. They want us to be impatient and to become frustrated so that we doubt that any good thing could ever happen to us. Most of all, they want us to doubt that there is a Savior and that there is right and wrong. They want us to doubt that we can be saved and spiritually born again.
There are great examples of those who did not doubt in the scriptures. These are people, who even amid trial and adversity, stayed true to their testimony of Christ.
In Alma, the story of Helaman’s stripling warriors is a story of those with great faith. In fact they said in Alma 56:48:
“We do not doubt our mothers knew it.”
Their mother’s were great examples of faith and testimony for them. They believed in the Lord and in the covenants that they made with their God and would not depart from them.
What Helps Us to Overcome Frustrations and Doubts?
I believe that what helps us to overcome frustrations and doubts and not let them get the better of us is by doing those things that build our faith. This is done in many ways but especially by trying to increase in personal righteousness. As we lean on the Lord, He will show us where each of us can improve and He will help us to overcome our frustrations and doubts with faith and hope. He is there. We do have a Savior and we can be made whole through Him.