Fret Not

Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity
— Psalm 37:1

That my friend is plain as it can get, do not fret because of those who are evil.

When we try to keep up with all the current events that’s happening, it sometimes has a downside because bad news sells better than good news. It’s easy to get overly concerned about the criminal acts of individuals, crowds, or governments over which we have no control.  Where I watch some of the junk going on in the streets of America, I want to throw a brick through my TV.

Psalm 37 gives us the right perspective to the daily news. David begins by saying, “Fret not thyself because of evil doers” (v. 1). Then he goes on to outline for us some alternatives to becoming overly anxious and upset. In essence, David suggests a better way of thinking about negative news in our world.

What would happen if, instead of worrying about events beyond our control, we chose to trust in the Lord? (v. 3). Wouldn’t we be better off to “take delight in the Lord” (v. 4) rather than fret without limits?  Imagine the freedom from worry we could have if we would “commit [our] way to the Lord” (v. 5). And how calm we could be by learning to “be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”! (v. 7).

I can’t change all the bad news of trouble but I can set boundaries for my concerns and how it affects me.  When we trust God, commit our ways to Him, and rest in Him, our outlook gets a whole lot better. The struggles and trials may not disappear, but we will discover that He gives us His peace in the midst of them.

That my friend is the only thing that gets me through this bad news age that we live in.  Fret not and Trust the Lord!  God Bless!