Do Not Fret
July 25, 2008
“Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing.” Psalm 37:8
David had plenty to fret about – he was chased, hounded,
attacked, and assaulted for years. Yet he stated, “Do not
fret, it leads only to evildoing.”
Fretting truly does lead
to evildoing. It erodes our trust in the Lord. It destroys our
peace. It makes us edgy, nervous, and anxious. It undermines our
physical health. It drives a wedge into relationships.
So how do
we stop fretting? David provides the answer a verse earlier in
the same psalm: “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently
for him.” When you are fretting, you are not resting. When
you are resting, you are not fretting. The very antithesis of fretting
is to rest, to wait, to be patient, to trust. And all that comes
when we move our focus off ourselves and the thing that is causing
us to fret, and onto the Lord, who is sovereign over all.
- How much
time do you spend fretting? What do you fret about?
- Do you think
that the Lord either isn’t concerned
or isn’t able to deal with the things you are fretting about?
If so, why?
- Memorize I Peter 5:7: “Cast
all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you.”