We are bringing a few messages on the subject of choosing faith in God’s ultimate ability to deal with any and all injustices we either see around us or experience personally, and to avoid the futility of fretting as a way to deal with injustice and inequity. In Hebrew, the word fret means to be eaten up with a burning indignation about the sinful behavior of others, as well as the personal impact of that sinful behavior.
In Psalm 37, a senior and seasoned King David offers an antidote to all people, young and old alike, that will free them from fretting and focus them on faith in the God who has all knowledge and every ability to deal with anything and everything in truth and justice. David declares that acting in faith, focus and faithfulness in and on the One who rules over all is the redemptive remedy for every sinful situation.
Don’t Fret—Trust As we said last week, the Hebrew word for trust has to do with the safety and security that is the product of having total confidence in someone or something that is completely and richly reliable. David tells us that our ultimate trust is to be placed in the God we love and serve and who loves and serves us. David basically says that if we will stay the course, steadfastly trusting that God will reward a righteous cause, we will not be disappointed—God will come through. We are not be incensed and indignant when we see or experience things that are evil and unjust, but rather to let our souls be at peace as we rest in the knowledge that our Almighty God cares and is ultimately in control.
Don’t Fret—Dwell Again, the Hebrew word for dwell has to do with settling down and settling in personally and permanently. Our dwelling place is to be in an abiding relationship in God the Father and Jesus the Son. As we stay put, we can stay strong and stay clear—having faith’s perspective of God’s limitless power to protect and provide. When we dwell in the land of our Lord and are nourished and nurtured by His faithfulness, we grow in spiritual strength and stability.
Don’t Fret—Delight Again, the Hebrew word for delight has to do with being very glad in a very good thing—it is to be thrilled and enthralled with and in someone or something. The one that we delight ourselves is our great, good and gracious God. We are a people called to love what God loves—His word, His will and His ways. And when we love what God loves, we get what God gives. When God and His ways are the focus of our affection, then we will be the focus of His attention. A delighted people in God are a devoted people to God who then become a rewarded people by God.
Don’t Fret—Commit The Hebrew word for commit has to do with rolling over and onto another person or place. A huge issue in defeating fretting is committing to rolling every care and concern over and onto the God who is well able to care for us, and more than willing to do so. It would be one thing if God was willing but not able, or if God was able but not willing—but the great news is that God is both willing and able. We need to cut loose and let go of every area and issue of our lives. Committing is not forgetting cares and concerns—it is remembering who the one to best handle those cares and concerns is—the Living Lord who loves us deeply and devotedly.
Remember: Freedom from fretting is found by putting our faith in God’s endless capacity to meet needs, right wrongs, defeat foes and establish justice in the earth..