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Do Not Fret

March 5, 2017

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Do Not Fret

We  “fret”  when things  don’t go the way  we think  they should go.     It doesn’t seem to matter  what we are anxious about.     It could be about  pushy drivers  in heavy traffic,  waiting for someone  who’s always late,  or seeing dishonest people  get away with  their wrong doing.     It can be really frustrating  to see the wicked go scot free,  when their crimes are  so obvious.

Psalm 37:7-8 deals with those fretful feelings  of ours,  and says,

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. 

Cease from anger  and forsake wrath;
Do not fret;  it leads only  to evildoing. 

For evildoers  will be cut off,
But  those who wait  for the LORD,  they will inherit  the land.

Since God’s word  in the Bible  is for our learning  and growth  in faith,  we need  to humbly pay close attention  and remember  what God wants us to do  in every fretful occasion.     We don’t just  “chill”,  as the young folk say.     Much rather,  we  “rest  in the LORD”.     To  “chill”  is something  of our own efforts  and does not include  faith,  hope,  or love.     But,  to  “rest  in the LORD”  is to lay everything  in God’s almighty hands.     After all,  He is in control  and knows exactly what our situation is  —  better than we do.     He wants us  to trust Him  always  —  through thick  and thin.

We certainly don’t want  our fretting  to lead  “only  to evildoing”,  causing us to  “be cut off”.     But we do want  to “inherit” our home  with “the LORD”.     How wonderful  that will be!

Resting  in our LORD  and Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for faithfully watching over us  with a saving love.”

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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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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