Patient People Don’t Fret Over Evil People

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil. – Psalm 37:7-8

We’ve all been there. You’ve worked hard, your accomplishments are exemplary; then the most conniving, manipulating, and certainly undeserving person, gets the promotion. Didn’t that just make you want to do something to that person? If it didn’t you are probably more spiritual than the rest of us.

The message David is conveying in this Psalm is to trust the justice of God and not resort to the same schemes and manipulation that evil people do. It is easy to feel justified returning evil for evil, but that’s not God’s way.

The Message Bible says it well:
“Quiet down before God; be prayerful before him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top. Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes – it only makes things worse. Before long the crooks will be bankrupt; God-investors will soon own the store.”

It isn’t always easy, in fact it rarely is, to wait for God’s justice. We want justice to be swift and sure. We want vengeance, now! But God says, “Wait on me. Trust me. I have the situation well in hand.”

God’s goal is much different than ours. Our goal is vindication and justice that in effect punishes the guilty. God’s goal is to bring the violator to repentance. God has already administered justice, even death, for the guilty. He did that on the Cross when Christ died for the sins of all who would live in every age.Speaking of the judgment that is to fall upon the unrepentant Peter writes, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” God patiently waited on us to repent, shouldn’t we wait patiently?

Prayer: OK God, I confess that all too often I want vengeance and punishment for wrongdoers. Grant me your heart that my desire will for their repentance. Amen.

Principle: Trust the justice of God and not resort to the same schemes and manipulation that evil people do.

Affirmation: When others, who are less worthy, receive recognition I give them honor because I trust the justice of God and I do not resort to the same schemes and manipulation the evil people do.

Reflection: How do you feel when others receive the honor or promotion you felt that you deserved? Be honest! How should we feel toward them?

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