“Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret–it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalm 37:1-9)
Fret is a four letter word! Fret means worry. Worry means to be fearful. Worry magnifies the problem and minimizes the power of God in your life. It is telling God that your problem is too big for Him to handle. The command “do not fret” is used three times in these scriptures.
“Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.” — How many times have we looked at the actions of evil people and wondered “how can they get away it that?” Why do they continue to make more money, get more lucrative opportunities and here I sit struggling paycheck to paycheck? You have to remember that the wicked, those who stand against the things of God–are fully operating in this world system that is run by the prince of the power of the air: Satan. As long as they are in his realm, he isn’t going to bother them too much, but let that wicked person start seeking God. Let him or her start moving out of his realm and into God’s realm and all hell will break loose on them!
“Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” — God is so full of mercy that He will give people a season to repent and turn to Him. But eventually, their sins will catch up with them. There will be a day of reckoning. Why are we not to fret? Think about it, humans have about eighty to ninety years of life on this side of eternity that determines where they will spend eternity. Our words, thoughts and deeds all make up this determination. If an evildoer does not turn to God and repent of their evil, they will be lost forever in the lake of fire along with Satan and all rebellion. So they may have a good life here eating and drinking and having a good time, but will spend eternity separated from God. That is why God says to pray for the evildoers. He doesn’t want them to go there. And as a child of God, we shouldn’t either.
“Do not fret–it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” –– Fretting actually causes us harm and that includes physically because it causes stress and cortisol hormones to be released in our bodies. Fretting has no value. There is absolutely nothing to be gained in fretting over a situation that you can do nothing about. There is only ONE solution: Trust God!
In these few verses alone, there are several awesome promises and encouragements!
- “Trust in the LORD, and DO GOOD; dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.” — The Bible says to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Jesus said to “do good to those who hate us and abuse us.” When we do this, He is faithful to help us through any fiery trial we encounter. And many times the fiery trials are the result of the evil schemes of evildoers.
- “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” — What does it mean to “delight” yourself in the LORD? A delight is something you are passionate about. A person gets a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle and he or she will riding it, polishing it and tinkering with it all the time. Why? Because they DELIGHT in it. Pour your energy into God and just watch what He will do for you!
- “Commit your way to the LORD, TRUST also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. –– When we keep our eyes on the path that God has set before us and not fret about what others are doing, then our lives would be so much more peaceful! Sometimes trusting in the unknown is the most difficult thing to do. Notice that “He shall bring it to pass is directly related to our ability to trust Him. If you don’t trust Him, there is no faith and if there is no faith, He is limited by what He can do for you. Jesus couldn’t do very much in Nazareth because of their unbelief. Unbelief stops Him cold.
- “But those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” — Waiting on the LORD is not a passive thing. Waiting is expecting His blessing. Waiting is knowing with your “knower” that He is faithful to complete the good work He started in your situation.
In the end, His people win it all. We will inherit the earth, we will live eternally in His presence. So really we should not be envious of evildoers, we should have compassion on them because all they have is a few years of good times while we have an eternity.