Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. ~Psalm 37:7
Are you someone who is frustrated with the spiritual and moral state of affairs of our country? One of the great challenges we have in this life is seeing evildoers prosper while the righteous are punished. It seems like those who are evil get away with their wrong doing and make a profit out of it. David, as an older man, teaches us how to have a right perspective and deal with the injustices of life.
We see the perturbed.
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” I think of the spirit of the age we are living in. Good is called evil, and evil is called good. Legislation is being passed by liberal lawmakers lessening prison sentences, giving affirmation to evil living, and legalizing immoral behavior. We can become angry, grieved, and frustrated with the moral compass of the country and the direction it seems to be heading in. As a wise old king, David simply tells us, “Fret not thyself.”
We see the perishing.
“For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.” David reminds us that evildoers are not here forever. He also reminds us that God will deal with them. It might feel like things are out of control, but God is all-knowing and will make all wrongs right. God’s law of sowing and reaping will eventually come to pass.
We see the priority.
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Instead of being cynical, we must be spiritual. Instead of trash talking the evildoers, we must trust in the Lord and do good. We must be happy in Who Jesus is and that we are accepted in the Beloved. We must pray for the evildoers and pray for righteousness to come to pass again. Praying for God’s will to be done on earth includes praying for righteousness and a change back to righteous values.
We see the passing.
“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” We see our lives and freedom threatened by what the evildoers are doing. David wisely tells us to commit, or roll, our way to the Lord and trust in Him. Whatever impact we feel is happening to us, we must pass it on to the Lord and trust Him to vindicate us and bring us through the difficulty.
We see the patience.
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Instead of fuming, we must have faith in God. Instead of getting hot, we must be holy. Instead of being restless, we must rest in the Lord. Instead of worrying, we must wait patiently on the Lord. We don’t realize it at the time, but allowing the evildoer to affect our happiness and perspective morphs us into carnal Christians instead of conquering Christians. The greatest virtue God is trying to instill in us is godly patience. Patience is letting go of our anger and worry and, through prayer, letting God deal with it. This is timely advice for us as we see the values of our nation erode into lawlessness and wickedness. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
Have a restful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Joshua 16-18