Fret Not…Psalm 37
“ 1) Fret not...
3) Trust in the Lord, and do good…
4) Delight thyself also in the Lord;
5) Commit thy ways unto the Lord;
7) Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him…
8) Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil…
9) …those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
24) Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the Lord upholeth him with his hand.
34) Wait on the Lord…
39) But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord:
he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40) And the Lord shall help them…he shall deliver them…
and save them because they trust in him.”
This is just part of Psalm 37. I encourage you to read it in its entirety. We all go through “stuff” in this life and we don’t always know which way to turn or what to do.
“Fret” means to cause to suffer emotional strain: to become vexed or worried. As the Psalmist says, “Fret not….” This is a hard thing to do especially when circumstances come on us unexpected. For many our natural nature as humans is to think the worst first. Our first thought should be “Lord help me to trust you in this.”
There have been many times through the years that circumstances looked dim. Seems that you see no good can come out of the situation. You find yourself “fretting.” Although all circumstances do not always work out to our liking, if we look back many times we can see God’s hand at work in all things.
Have you ever been cut off by another driver or get behind a “slow poke”? Of course you have. So have we. One time in particular we were trying to leave for home from a short vacation trip. One thing after another kept getting in our way. Once we got on the road we came across several accidents that had just happened. If we had left at the time we planned we may have been right in the middle of any one of those accidents.
From then on I try to see the positive in whatever situation I find myself in. It’s not always easy to trust when you can’t see ahead but God is always faithful. That doesn’t mean that every circumstance will turn out the way you want it to or think it should. It means that God is in control and He knows what is ahead. We must trust Him in all things.
( I Thess. 5:18)