June 1, 2021

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! (Psalm 37:1-7)

One of the greatest struggles in life is the ones we have with God. As we yield to temptation, we feel angry because we do not understand the ways of God. For instance, we may see the wicked prospering and question why. We see ourselves as faithful and wonder why He seems silent.

Psalm 37 begins with an appeal not to fret or become discouraged and commands us against becoming angry. The answer how we can is found in (v. 11), “But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” When we received Christ, we humbled ourselves at the cross without any sense of entitlement or selfish ambition. Colossians 2:6 says, “As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”

Friends, once we have received Christ, we are to walk in that same humble manner. We are to have no sense of entitlement, no demand for our way, no ego that must be stroked. This modest, cross-centered life is reflected in the authors’ commands in (Psalm 36). “Trust in the Lord” (v. 3). As you trust Him with your soul at salvation, trust Him with daily living. “Delight” or enjoy the Lord (v. 4). “Commit your way“ (v. 5). Have God’s ambition, not your own. Desire His will. Lastly, then “rest in the Lord” (v. 7).

When we want what He wants, it follows that we can rest from our stress – trusting Him with whatever the outcome. If you are struggling with something right now, would you Pray with me?

Lord, I thank You for this word from You that has spoken so directly into my life today. I feel very alone and trapped in the situation I am facing right now. I do not know what to do, what step to take, what to say, or where to turn. I have tried to give You the problem, but somehow, I have continued to carry part of the load by myself, and it is starting to break me. At this very moment – I am throwing the full weight of my burden and cares on Your shoulders! Thank You for taking this burden from me and filling with me the strength I need to press through this time in my life! I pray this in Jesus’ name!

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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