Do Not Fret
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. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. – Psalms 37:1-6 (NIV)
There is a lot in this world to get frustrated and angry about. We see injustice, greed, meanness and a general sense of selfishness that can get us down. All of these have influences on how we perceive life. We can get cynical and pessimistic about the world, but it can bleed over into how we see everything. We can turn into sour and surly saints.
This keeps us from shining the light of God. If we lose sight of God’s goodness, we become more defined by our surroundings instead of God transforming our surroundings through us. We cannot look to the world for our happiness and contentment; we will be disappointed. We must look to God, always God.
The Psalmist puts forth a great argument here: live life on God’s terms and let others live life on their terms and God will deal with us accordingly. This less about worrying who is being bad and more about how we can be good. If we keep our eyes on the Lord, we won’t have the time or inclination to monitor the fairness of life.
It leaves us with a choice between being fretting frowners or faithful followers. Will we live life moving toward the love, light and beauty of God or will we wallow in the misperception of thinking we don’t have all we deserve? God is all we really need, so I know what the answer should be, but there are days where I act like a wallower. I want something better for myself and my children.
Lord, help me not to wallow in my self-made misery. Give me the wisdom and opportunity to teach my children the importance of following after You alone. Amen.