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.
[Psalm 37:7-8 NKJV]
Do not fret — it only causes harm, says the Psalmist. To fret is to be anxious and continually worry over a problem or a situation. And it causes harm; not only to our own health and well-being, but also to those around us. It is said that bad news travels faster; and so it is with fretfulness — we only have to see the dramatic rise in mental health issues during this plague year to understand that the pandemic affects not only those who have contracted the virus but many of us who have not.
In Psalm 37 the word is used to denote anger, literally to burn, or to melt. This is often a response to fear-inducing circumstances. When startled or frightened our first reaction is often an angry one.
But Psalm 37 encourages us to rest in The Lord and wait patiently for Him. Not always an easy thing to do — impossible maybe by our own efforts, but with patience (because you have kept My command to persevere - Revelation 3:10 NKJV) and understanding ... and The Holy Spirit’s help, resting in Him becomes easier — retraining our fears into spiritual rest. He will do it.
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ [Isaiah 41:10 NKJV]
“Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
How much evil has begun to threaten you today?
What kind of mean little imps have been looking in and saying; “Now what are you going to do next month — this summer?” “Be anxious for nothing,” Jesus says. Look again and think. Keep your mind on the “Much more of your Heavenly Father.