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Fret Not Yourself, It Leads Only to Evildoing

April 7, 2013

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Fret Not Yourself,   It Leads Only  to Evildoing

It can be so frustrating  to see and experience  the wrongdoing  of those with wicked schemes, who are always trying  to take advantage  of others  and put them down.     One might feel frustrated,  and that frustration  might develop  into anger.     God has something  to say  to His beloved children  about their feelings  during these times.     Psalm 37:8-11  tells us,

Cease  from anger,  and forsake wrath;
Fret not yourself,  it leads only  to evildoing.
For evildoers  will be cut off,
But those  who wait  for the LORD,  they will inherit the land.
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.
But the humble  will inherit  the land,
And will delight themselves  in abundant prosperity.

God has allowed  frustrating experiences  in our lives.     He is seeking  to strengthen  our faith  and trust  in His love  and Lordship  over all things.     So,  He  simply tells us  to  “wait  for the LORD”.     We should not fret ourselves  into a frenzy  of anger  that will tempt us  into a retaliation  of doing evil ourselves.     Then we would be  no better  than the unbelieving evildoer,  who is guided  by his greed  and arrogance.

We might be tempted  to point out  to God  that the unbelieving evildoer  has not changed  his ways  in ever so many years — even though  he has been given tons  of opportunities  to change  his evil ways.     And,  that would be true.     But,  “the land”  that  “the humble  will inherit”  is not referring  to anything here  on earth.     Our  “land”  and  “abundant prosperity”  are  in our eternal home — heaven.

The  “wicked man”  who  “will be  no more”  will never be able  to enter  our heavenly home.     When he is  “no more”  on this earth,  he will  end up  in his personally chosen,  appointed place — namely hell.     That,  in itself,  is a great sadness,  because he had been given  so many opportunities  to see and accept  God’s loving salvation.

Since God  certainly does  judge all things  righteously   in the end,  His children can rest  in Romans 8:28,

And we know  that God causes  all things  to work together  for good  to those  who love God,  to those  who are called  according to His purpose.

In the peace  of God’s ever-watchful eye,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  we rejoice  in Your loving faithfulness.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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