December 12–Trusting God…Destroying Fret and Envy

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;

for like the grass they will soon wither,

like green plants they will soon die away.

Psalm 37:1-2

Sometimes it seems that the evil within us humans is overtaking what is good and true and right. Evil—whether subtle or visciously blatant that comes through our words and ways…or through the words and ways of others towards us—destroys relationships, destroys trust, destroys peace. Fret and and worry can overtake us. 

Sometimes it seems that those who do wrong—who lie, manipulate, bully, cheat and push their ways on others—are the ones who are getting the good stuff in life like the greater share of the wealth, the better job, the special recognition. When wrongdoers seem to “get ahead” of those who are honest and work hard, our hope in justice and fairplay is diminished. We want what others have…and jealousy rises. We start to wonder if it makes any difference whether we do things according to God’s righteous ways or not. Envy can overtake us.

And yet, God’s Word tells us not to fret… and not to be envious. But this is not the “Hakuna Matata”—“No worries”…just “Chill out, Man” kind of directive. God’s Word tells to not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong because God is in control—even when, according to our experiences or feelings, everything seems out of control…and the bad guys are winning—God can be trusted.

It is in trusting God that we can have peace—instead of fret and fear—when we have to deal with evil words and actions from other people. It is in trusting that God knows us and loves us passionately and perfectly…it is in trusting that God “has our backs”…and our fronts…and our sides…and our present and our future…in His loving care for His righteous, good purpose in our lives. It is in trusting God that… If God is for us, who can be against us?–Romans 8:31…we have been given a peace that transcends understanding–Philippians 4:7

It is in trusting God that in Jesus Christ we have been given everything we truly need, for now and all eternity—so that there is no need to be envious of anyone or anything. It is in trusting God…that we have been lavished with love–1 John3:1…we have received forgiveness for every sin and are completely free of accusation–Colossians 1:22…we have been given eternal life–John 3:16…we have received every blessing in the spiritual realms–Ephesians 1:3…we have been given, through God’s divine power, everything we need for life and godliness–2 Peter 1:3.

Think about who we are in Jesus Christ and what we have been given and what we have been promised…and trust God! There is no need to fret or be envious of evil men and wrongdoers. Instead, we need to recognize the truth of their ultimate and eternal end…and have the grace to pray that they, too, will come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord…before it is too late…before they wither and die away.

Do not fret…do not be jealous—instead be wise, peaceful, full of confidence, full of contentment—and offer the love, grace and truth of Jesus Christ to all.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane