Never Shocked and Never Shaken

 This is a re-post of a note I published June 27, 2013 on Facebook. I am transferring my notes from Facebook into my Float the River blog.

Let’s be honest, we live in a world that lives in opposition to God as our Creator and in opposition to His authority as rightful owner of all that He has made. As such we should not be shocked when powerful decisions are made in direct opposition to what He has clearly stated in His word. The approval of all forms of evil by the leaders of our country is historically normative. “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” and “those who call evil good and good evil” is as current today as it ever was.

In times like this it is important that we remember and take to heart the instruction of Psalm 37: “Do not fret because of evildoers.”To fret over people or situations is to allow them to shake the foundation of our stability and confidence in what we believe. In times like these the enemy whispers thoughts of doubt, discouragement, and despair in our ears. The psalmist though, reminds us very clearly why there is no need to fret, worry, or be anxious over the actions of those opposed to the things of God.

Psalm 37 reminds us not to fret over evil-doers because…

1) Their time is short.

“For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb”(Psalm 37:2) but God’s word (and all it contains) will endure forever (Isaiah 40:8 and 1st Peter 1:25)

2) God will deal with those who oppose Him…in His own time.

“Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him” (37:7). Remember, God is patient to give people apart from Him time to repent (2nd Peter 3:9)

3) Fretting only leads to us to becoming evil-doers ourselves.

“Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.” (Psalm 37:8). Remember the enemy is not those who make such decisions but the spiritual forces of darkness that are currently allowed to reign on this earth (Ephesians 2:2 and 6:12)

So how should we personally respond in times and situations like these? Instead of fretting, the psalmist instructs us to…

Trust in the Lord and do good (37:3).

While we oppose the theology, philosophy, and morals of those who make such decisions, we are called to respond in a way that reflects our faith and our Lord. Paul says to be considerate (Titus 3:2) while Peter says to respond with gentleness and reverence (1st Peter 3:15).

2) Delight yourself in the LORD (37:4).

Our desire is that evil would be defeated and that righteousness and holiness will prevail. We are to take delight in the assurance that one day God will do just that (Psalm 2 and Revelation 11:15-19). “He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4b).

3) Commit your way to the LORD (37:5).

Stay true in your faith and stay true in following the word of the Lord. Faithfulness to the Lord will never lead to disappointment (1st Peter 2:6). “Trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Psalm 37:5b).

Our confidence and hope are not found in the people or systems of this world but in the One who created it and will bring it to conclusion. Do not be shocked and do not be shaken. The Lord reigns!

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