We are under constant pressure of external forces working to get us to give up on God, to walk away from faithfulness. You will have to fight back. Don't let this world get the best of you. This week we are journeying through a few verses in Psalm 37 which remind us to continue to trust in the Lord, to stay focused and stay faithful and see the faithfulness of God.
The Fallout of Fretting
“. . . Fret not . . .” Psalm 37:8
Worry if you want, but don’t forget, it won’t do any good. Worry is designed to draw us away from solitude with Jesus. He has something to say about what worries our mind. He wants to get our attention and continue to assure our heart that He knows full well what agitates our thinking. Worry works to choke out God’s deep call to us to come away and trust Him.
When the psalmist tells us to “fret not,” he doesn’t mean for us to fall into passivity and indifference towards what we see. But, instead, to earnestly desire right over wrong, good over evil. This struggle is the determination of the incarnation, crucifixion, and ascension of the Son of God. We look to the finished work of Jesus to defeat the temptation to fret.
The word “fret” occurs only here and in Psalms 35. The warnings to “fret not” aims to defeat discontentment and a bitter spirit which can lead our heart to revolt against God. We are to refuse to blame God, or harbor a spirit of resentment, for the way God works in our world.
Fretting forms the fall out of our future. If we lose our reverence for God’s ability to work in and within all situations, soon we will resent God and ones who love Him. If we lose our love, then love itself becomes hate. If we lose our character, then character itself becomes repellent to us. If life loses its height, then it will lose its breadth. This is the problem of fretting, everything is reversed. Wickedness and vice are dressed in the purple robe of royalty, while godliness wears rags.
Fretting can cause irritableness and blind anger. Fretting can lead us into participating in the very thing we hate. We are to forgo fretting by focusing on the bigger picture of God’s long reach to deal with the wicked and reward the faithful. We need only to face our fretting with the faithfulness of God.
Are you fretting, or focusing on God’s faithfulness?