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Fret Not Yourself

Focus: Psalms 37:7 - KJV

7. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Psalms 37:1-11

Times are that the righteous looks upon the wicked and the wealth or advancement that the wicked has made over time compared to his, and he tends to wonder whether there is any gain in righteousness. There is a particular clime where those who are very much educated appear to be slaves to those who dropped out of school because the wicked has prospered them by his wickedness to the detriment of the upright. And then, the educated start to wonder if education is worthwhile after all, and the new generation is preferring to be wealthy as dropouts than being in penury as educated elites. This happens also to the believer in very many spheres of life. He is busy obeying the injunctions of God. Meanwhile, there are others cutting corners and doing all manner of things against the same injunction, yet they appear to be thriving while the just is feeling bad and fretting over the seeming success of the unjust. But the counsel of God is sure. Even though they appear to be doing well, it is definite that they can never end well, except if they repent. Point is, evil doers shall be cut off. The fact that they seem to remain is because the Lord wants them to repent. If they fail to, they will be cut off eventually.

That comparison you are making between the wicked rich and yourself is not healthy. It only causes you to fret for nothing. Let them that are doing good continue in it and never be influenced or affected by the handiworks or seeming success of the evil doer. The life you live will definitely yield its good to you if you remain faithful to God. The fact that the evildoer appears affluent is not an invitation to being evil. It is actually a cause for concern to pray for the evildoer that he may repent and turn to the Lord.

SOLUTION: Covetousness is the basis for comparison. Avoid it. Let nothing that belongs to your neighbor be attractive to you. Focus on what the Lord has given unto you and if you desire more, please ask the Lord directly without necessarily paying attention to what anyone possesses.

The Lord will give us contentment in every sphere of life in Jesus’ name. As we stay on the side of righteousness, we shall receive the profit thereof in due season in Jesus’ name and the scepter of the wicked shall never be allowed to rise above our righteous heads in Jesus’ name.

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