Do Not Fret
Psalm 37 (NIV)
1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
Psalm 37:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
The psalmist reminds us to rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him. Are you feeling anxious or growing weary of waiting for something that you have been praying for? Is the COVID-19 lockdown starting to make you feel frustrated and angry?
It is as if the psalmist knew that waiting would eventually lead to impatient, anger and frustration. The Word of God says that we will begin to fret if we start to compare ourselves with those around us who are not in the Lord, or those around us who may be receiving what we are praying for – but in corrupt or wicked ways.
The Bible reminds us to wait on the Lord and stay focused on our Father’s plan for our lives. Remembering to not be frustrated and even angry when we see others around us receive blessings and prosper.
God sees the heart. How is your heart today? Are you comparing yourself with others, and getting frustrated and green with envy? Or are you standing firm in Christ? Knowing that He is control of all things, if you cast your cares on Him.
We are told to rest in Him.
Give yourself a break today. Replace worry with prayer and anxiety with faith in our mighty God. We serve a God who parted the Red Sea and fell the walls of Jericho. We serve a God who brought mana down from heaven on a daily basis for his children while they wandered in the wilderness.
Trust Him. Cast your cares upon Him. Wait on the Lord today.
Lord. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Forgive me for being angry and fretting in my frustrations. I rest in You today. And Trust that you will bring me through this storm. In Jesus Name. Amen.