Defined: Feeling or expressing distress and annoyance,
esp. because of inability to change or achieve something.
Here is a list of ways the disciples must have frustrated Jesus by their unbelief, by not comprehending His purpose or theirs, and by their constant desire to be the greatest. Remember, before and throughout all of these Jesus was teaching them and others the truth, He was healing many, casting out demons and doing miracles, all which the disciples saw.
In fact, at one point the disciples were even sent out with power given by Jesus to preach, heal and cast out demons, which they did! Another time, three of the disciples saw Jesus transfigured! (Lk. 6:7-13) Yet still, they did these things:
The disciples want to send the ‘5000’ away instead of finding a way to provide for them. They see a miracle.
Jesus walks on water; Peter starts to and then sinks due to unbelief.
The disciples want to send the ‘4000’ away without even considering a miraculous feeding like they’ve already seen. They watch another miracle.
Disciples fail to cast out a demon due to unbelief.
They ask ‘who is the greatest?’ (After all they’ve seen, this is important why?)
Two disciples ask to sit beside Jesus on His throne. (see above)
They complain about costly perfume wasted on Jesus. (Don’t they believe He’s worth it?)
The disciples have a debate over who is the greatest disciple. (see 3rd above)
Jesus is arrested and the disciples flee. Peter denies the Lord. (Running away and denial.)
As I said, teaching, healing and miracles were happening between all these actions. Jesus must have been very frustrated with them at times especially with His inability to make them understand the truth, yet it is never recorded that He lost His cool or yelled at them for their continual unbelief and selfish desires, and He never gave up on them.
Even in His darkest hour when they were sleeping and He wanted them to stay up with Him, Jesus did not get angry with them. And though we must also frustrate the Lord time and time again, He does not give up on us. He patiently continues to teach and do miracles in our lives just waiting until we live in unity with Him. (John 17:21)
Lord, I don’t know how you kept from acting out in frustration. It seems lately there are a lot of aggravations in my life and I would appreciate Your help in dealing with them Your way, in Your love, and for Your glory. Please help me Lord.