Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
Have you found yourself fretting lately about the state of the world, or about your community, or about various injustices? The Bible instructs us not to fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Yet there is much to be upset about and if we’re not careful we can end up fretting. So how can we be
sure we do not end up becoming fretful?
Our loving and faithful Heavenly Father always provides us with the tools – by way of divine instruction – to be obedient to His Word, the “how” to the “what”.
The call to not fret is no exception!
David continues in Psalm 37 in verses three through eight with no less than six actions we are to undertake that help us not to fret. He says twice not to fret.
Once right after resting in the Lord and then again at the end as a reminder.
- Trust in the Lord and do good (v. 3)
- Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness (v. 3)
- Delight in the Lord (v. 4)
- Commit your way to the Lord (v. 5)
- Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him (v. 7)
- Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way (v. 7)
- Cease from anger and forsake wrath (v. 8)
- Do not fret – it only causes harm (v. 8)
There are countless scriptures that lend support to that list of actions. However, Philippians 4:8 puts it nicely into perspective:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Can you think of any other source but the precious Word of God that contains all those characteristics? Or how about Psalm 1:2 – the man who delights in the Law of the LORD and thinks about it day and night? Or how about “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” in Deuteronomy 11:18?
We are to hide God’s word in our heart so that we do not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). Fretting causes worry, a sign of a wavering in our faith without which God says it’s impossible to please Him.
We are capable of taking things into our minds that, seemingly, are not doing any damage at all, but they are definitely not providing the right kind of sustenance for the right kind of thinking and for the strengthening of our faith. Thoughts come
from what our minds have been fed, and thus what our minds have been fed will determine how we will act. What we think upon will determine our character and our attitudes.
Instead of focusing on evil men, which only harms our soul and steals our peace and joy, we are to set our love on God according to Psalm 91:14. As we do so God has promised He will deliver us; He will elevate us; He will answer us; He will be with us in trouble; He will honour us; He will satisfy us with long life; He will show us His salvation.
All the promises of God are yea and amen. God has exalted His Word above His very name! So even in a world filled with uncertainty, trials and suffering, we can depend and stake our future on God’s Word. We can say as Paul did in Romans
8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Glory to be to God the Father through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
FAITH IN GOD AND IN HIS WORD ARE THE
ANTIDOTE TO FRETTING.