Tuesday, July 29, 2008

When the Wicked Succeed

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers.” (Psalm 37:1)

We’ve all been there in one way or another from time to time. Life for most of us usually moves along at a pace that’s marked with a routine and rhythm – until something happens that sets us back. A tragedy, a heartbreak, a defeat, a disappointment; failing health, financial loss, relational stress, or a thousand other things that fall like Niagara into our lives without any warning.

And the worst of all is when that which is wrong wins out over that which is right; when those who cheat are benefited, while those of play by the rules still lose.

We sigh, cry, cuss and fuss, groan or moan; shaking our heads at the problem, and sometimes our fists at God. But wait a minute! God is on our side. He is for us, not against us.

King David, a man after God’s own heart, put it in the clearest of terms. “Fret not thyself because of evildoers,” he wrote, “neither be thou envious against 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; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:1-5).

Trust. Do good. Delight. Commit. Relatively simple steps, with profoundly significant results. So when the wicked succeed, remember -- it is short-lived at most. As for you, Trust is the Lord and do good; delight yourself in Him, and commit your way into HIs care.

Things will turn out far better than you ever hoped!


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