No less than three times in the first eight verses of Psalms 37 David warns, “Do not fret.”
In verse 8 he tells us why, “…it only causes harm.”
Have you ever experienced this?
Chances are there is something in your life right now–strife in a relationship, trouble on the job, financial pressure–which is causing fret. Fret is an unhealthy obsession, anxiousness, or worry about something in our life that isn’t going the way we’d like. And, as Psalms 37 says, it leads only to harm. Rarely do we make quality decisions from a place of fret, fear, or worry.
A few years ago I bought a brand new Chevy truck. I loved everything about that truck. I loved the way it smelled, the way it looked, the way it sounded when I cranked it up, but not long after I bought it gas prices shot up to around $10/gallon (kidding of course, but it sure seemed like it). Since I was doing quite a bit of driving, that got really expensive and I began to fret. Needless to say, I made a decision that I still regret today: I traded in my beloved truck for a compact car. I hated that car! It was small, noisy, and rode like a go-cart. The point is my fret led to a poor decision, one that I wish I had never made.
So what can we do with fret?
David gives us three ways to deal with fret which we’ll explore in future posts, but first he points to the importance of what we feed on.
“Trust in the Lord. and do good. Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” (v3)
What a great verse.
The reality is you and I are always feeding on something, and that something frames our behavior and decisions.
In our health-conscience society there has been increased attention given to our diet because we know that our physical health is, in part, a byproduct of our diet. The same is true of our spiritual well-being.
What have you been feeding on?
What are you continually rehearsing?
What fuels your thoughts, feeling, and emotions?
Is it fret over a past mistake, a failure, this morning’s headlines? Or the faithfulness of God? If you’re wrestling with a decision be sure it’s fed with God’s goodness and the ways He has proven faithful in the past.
Stay the course,