Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 9, 2016

“Do not fret because of evildoers … Trust in the Lord and do good”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 37:1-11.

Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.

7 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 carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret;  it leads only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.
11 But the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.”   Psalm 37:1-11.

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In today’s Scripture, we are commanded three times:  “Do not fret”.

“Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.”  Verse 1.

“… Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.”  Verse 7.

“… Do not fret;  it leads only to evildoing.”  Verse 8.

And yet, many still do fret, thinking that it is OK and that it is their duty to fret as a protective parent or leader etc.  They think that they only suffer.

But, today’s Scripture warns that fretting only leads to evildoing.  Verse 8.

We can readily understand that fretting may cause one to over-react, leading to bad behavior and bad policies and even bad laws.

Fretting shows that the persons fretting does not really trust God.  They believe that they must take things into their own hands rather than trust the Sovereign Almighty LORD.

Today’s Scripture assures us:

“For they (evildoers) will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.”  Verse 2.

“For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.”  Verse 9.

Which doctrine is most consistent with today’s Scripture?

Other doctrine which relies on its own alleged free-will, its own wisdom, and its own works and urges us to “Just do it.”

Or, Reformed Doctrine which continually focuses on the LORD and trusts the LORD and His works?

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