“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him, fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass” (Psalm 37:7).
Fretting means to be worried, irritated, or agitated about something, or cause somebody to be so mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say “Fret not,” but a very different thing to have such a high level of faith that you find yourself able not to fret. It is a process and there is no magic pill or powder that will get you to that place, it takes time, effort and yes, patience. It sounds good to talk about “resting in the Lord” and “waiting patiently for Him” until the next crisis comes along and upset your high level of faith.
We live, as so many do, in a chaotic and every changing world filled with anguish and despair for a multitude of reasons and events. Is it really possible to rest in the Lord? If this “don’t” does not work for me then I don’t know what I am going to do. If I “can’t,” cannot get this to work for me here then it “won’t” will not work anywhere. Sounds familiar? Stop your fretting and start trusting God to do what He said He would do in your life; “I will bless you.” God works in days of trouble, as well as, in days of peace or He will never work.
It is necessary for the Christian heart and mind to accept a few basic truths about God that has nothing and everything to do with you. I know that is a paradox, it may seem absurd or contradictory but in fact is true: (a) God does not always come when you want Him to, but He is always on time, (b) God cannot fail, we fail Him, and (c) God’s word will not return to Him void, His word will accomplish whatever He purposes for it. Everything that God does is in accordance to His divine will for you and not your willful desires of Him.
Although it may seem that God is not working on your particular issues do not let the adversary cause your fretting to expand into somebody else life, encouraging them to believe that He will not work for them either. Resting in the Lord does not depend on external circumstances at all, but on your relationship to God. Fretting and fussing always ends in sin. We have convinced ourselves and others that anxiety and worry are parts of life. Some go so far as to convince themselves that it is a sign of wisdom, in reality it is an sign of how fickle we can be.
“Grieve not the Holy Spirit.” Fretting erupts from a core of selfish determination to have our “own way, in our time.” Jesus never worried and he was never anxious about anything, not even the death of his friend Lazarus. Jesus never worried because he was not determined or selfishly motivated to have his way he was determined to realize God’s purposes and destiny for him. Fretting is a sin against the Spirit of God if you are a child of God.
“Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God believe also in me.” Have you been reinforcing the silly notion that your circumstances are too much for God? Put all of your supposing and doubting aside and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Deliberately tell Jesus that you will not fret anymore, for whatever reason you have fretted. All our fret and worry is caused by trying to deal with our circumstances without God. I am so grateful to God for blessing you to be a blessing to someone else in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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