Forget Not to Fret Not
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1
Guess what…… there will be evil men in this world. There will be those who do wrong and enjoy doing it. However, God says don’t fret about it. Don’t worry. Don’t fear. Don’t panic.
Furthermore, God also says don’t be envious of the wicked when it appears that they are momentarily on an upswing and prospering in their ways. God is not surprised or shaken, and He instructs us not to be either. He tells us that evil men will have their season but to not let our faith be shaken by this or fear the ship is going down and bail out. God has forewarned us that this will happen. However, this is not the end of the story by any means.
You see, although God details for us that the unrighteous will have their day in the sun, He continues on to declare there will come a time when they will be done.
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Psalm 37:2
The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. Psalm 37:12-17
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found. Psalm 37:35-36
You see, as smart, shrewd, strong, witty, or numerous as evil men may appear to be, they all seem to forget one truth. Jehovah God cannot ever be outwitted, outsmarted, outdone, outgunned, outnumbered, outrun, or outlasted. In the end, He will stand and they will fall.
He will stand, and those of us made righteous by the blood of Christ will stand with him.
So what are we to do in the meantime?
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 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 do this: Psalm 37:3-5
Wait for the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it. Psalm 37:34
Trust in the Lord. Delight yourself in the Lord. Commit your way to the Lord. Wait for the Lord.
The Lord is to be our trust, the center of our focus. He is to be the one to whom we give our attention and the one whom we find pleasure in. We are to patiently wait, fastening our eyes upon him, doing good and keeping his way.
We must not give too much credence to polls, news reports, or the flood of media coverage that the wicked tend to garner. Popular opinion should never be our guide, our comfort, or our strength. The words of the world’s rich and famous must not at any time take precedence over the truth we find in God’s Word.
Though the naysayers may prove numerous and the figures may be in their favor, every single word of God is true and will be just as He has spoken. Not a solitary one will fall to the ground void and unfulfilled.
So rather than becoming rattled, we instead can rest, going about his business, doing that which He calls us to do; knowing without fail God will take care of us, give us the desires of our heart, and grant us our inheritance.