Are you starting to get frustrated yet, is all of what is going on in the world beginning to finally get to you? If this is you, then you understand this verse nearly perfectly, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matt. 5:6)
It is very difficult to locate a place on the planet that has either not gone completely insane, that is not at war with themselves, or that has not locked down their citizens for the reason of fear. There are two sides here, and their time is spent on putting down the other side, whether it be news media outlets, protestors and police, governments and their people, brother has been set against brother. (Matt. 10:21) So what are we, the people of God, those who have been saved by His grace to do, sit on the sidelines and watch the show, enter into the battle?
Which one, what cause will you choose, which side of the insanity will you stand for if you decide to enter into the fray of the wisdom of the world. I fear that that very thing is what many believers are doing, instead of standing for righteousness, they are standing for a cause, a “right verses wrong” that has no answer from the Scriptures, only their perceptions of what should be and what should not be.
I have met some brothers in Christ though who remind me of two, perhaps three men from the Scriptures, the first would be Elijah, in my opinion, one of the most “Thus saith the Lord” people ever born, right up there with John the Baptist. “And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.” (1 Kings 18:27) He had no problem whatsoever calling sin a sin, and nearly always right to people’s faces, he knew 2 Timothy 1:12 long before it was written, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
I would also add Peter here, straight forward, basically no screwing around, he found the One worth serving, and he served fully, sometimes jumping ahead of the gun a little, so to speak, but nonetheless adamant about his convictions. I am going to guess that not every day on the fishing boat was exactly fun with him.
The last would-be Jeremiah, and I believe that if we are to call three examples, Christ at the head of them of course, that men of God should emulate in these days, it would be these men. Think of the frustration, the Lord God Almighty has given you the truth, no questions or doubts about is, you have tested the spirits, (1 John 4:1) and you do as you are told, and nobody listens. Is it any wonder that he got so fed up with it one day that he said, “I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” (Jer. 20:9)
The beginning and the end of that verse is where every single born-again believer needs to be today, frustrated at the blatant stupidity of the world, and at the same time obedient to the One and only cause we are to have, the glory of God.
There are perhaps a lot more people than I think that feel the same way I do, and when I get that way, I am reminded by the Holy Spirit of the verse in 1 Kings 19:18, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” And, so, I quit my whining and get back to work. The frustration abates, for a while, I remind myself of 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” And that it is not just difficult for these people to understand the truth that we are attempting to bring to them, it is impossible, unless the Lord is merciful to them, as He has been to us, and reveals Himself to them.
There is another verse that weighs heavy on me at these times, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9) The prize that is Christ, is worth the risk, worth the frustration, worth our lives, and if we are willing to give that life to Him for His glory, He will accept that humble and unworthy sacrifice, frustrations and all.