Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Cure for Fretting

Do not fret because of evildoers
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
(Psalm 37:1-2, NKJV)

In this day of economic turmoil, bad news filling our airwaves, negative emotions abounding, fear prevailing... My spirit needed to hear this encouragement from the Word today! I have been fretting.

My sleep has been disturbed. I've been fighting depression - and losing. My mind has been filled with concern for our world and for my family as we face uncertain financial days ahead. But God has wonderful promises for us - as Greg reminded us yesterday!

Verses 3-9 of this same Psalm read:

Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

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.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.

For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the LORD,
They shall inherit the earth.

What a comfort to know that our God and Father will care for us, protect us, seek justice for us, provide for our future. And what a blessing to know that, while we watch people destroying our Christian way of life and destroying our Christian country, it's not going unnoticed by God. He sees what is happening and He will deal with the destroyers. We don't have to!

Life may feel out of control at times - I know my life certainly does! - but God is in control. And I trust Him to care for me. What a soothing balm that is to my soul.

By God's grace, as His psalm encourages, my way is committed to the Lord. I am feeding on His faithfulness. And trust He will enable me to rest and wait for Him knowing that He will bring forth my righteousness and justice. What a mighty, awesome God we serve!


  1. Thanks, Darlene, for the reminder to keep trusting in our God. He is faithful even when I am not. And, that should make me be more faithful to Him.


  2. This is such a perfect timing thing Darlene. On Sunday the message in my church was regarding how if we live as Jesus wanted us too, we will know.

    We will not know until we live as he wanted. Think about it. It makes perfect sense. There are many thing that are unforeseen and we cannot possibly know which path is going to be the right one but the core of how Jesus wanted us to live was the Ten Commandments. It is through living those we will understand and be able to finally "know" and see what living God's word is truly about.

    You want happiness, you want peace, fulfillment, his word and you will know.