Truth Tuesday – Don’t Fret – Trust!

by Kathy

 

Dont worry - trustPsalm 37:1-7 – Take some time to read these verses today before reading this post.

This week, I want to focus on the first 2 commands that I found in this passage – Don’t Fret and Trust.

Waiting on God can be difficult when our circumstances don’t change.  When we are in a holding pattern and we just can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, waiting can cause us to fret. So, what are we to do?  What does it look like to be obedient to God in the wait?  I believe that we have a really good picture of what we are called to do, right here in Psalm 37.

One thing that stood out to me as I was reading this passage was this….In verses 1-7, not once, but twice, we are commanded to not fret and to trust.   Stop and think for a moment why God may have repeated these commands to us?   Do you think He thought we would probably need the command repeated for emphasis? I know I often do!  I chuckled to myself when I read verse 8, and it mentioned “don’t fret” for a third time!  I thought to myself how much God loves and understands us. He knows that fretting is so easy for our hearts to run to…so He reminds us again for a third time – Don’t forget….don’t fret!

The word “fret” means to worry – to be anxious, to allow something or someone to gnaw at your heart or spirit.  It has the idea of having your mind or heart get all heated up as you allow yourself to focus on your circumstance.  Last week, God gave me a word picture of what this can look like.  Fretting is allowing something or someone to cause your heart and mind to worry to the point that it is no longer a simple concern, but becomes an obsession where you focus on the problem.  When you fret, it’s as if Satan is setting little blazes of distress in your heart, causing your thoughts to be consumed by the concerns of the situation.   Once the blazes are set in motion, if left unchecked, the fire spreads causing more and more destruction along the path by getting you to worry about other things!  Your become consumed with worry!

God has provided us with clear instruction on how we can keep ourselves from fretting.  The solution is found in the rest of the commands listed in this passage.

First, we are to trust God! 

Trust” means to place your confidence [belief] in the reliability, strength, truth and ability of someone (or something).    Verse 3 says that we are to place our trust…our confidence… in the LORD…Yaweh…The “I AM…The One who is the Self Existent One…The God that never changes…The God whose promises never fail!!  Even when we are faithless, He is faithful!  He is the One who can direct and lead you through this.  We can trust Him!  Oh, how I love this!!

Trusting God is not some hallow slogan;  it is a course of action.  Trusting God means to roll the whole problem onto the Lord, surrendering all of it to Him, and then waiting and watching as He shows you His plans and His purposes for your waiting situation.

If you are in a waiting period, ask yourself this:  Am I fretting or trusting?  One will bring you misery, restlessness, and unhappiness, and will lead you to worry about more than your current circumstance.  The other will fill you with peace and joy.  How do you want to live today!

Join me next Tuesday and we’ll chat about more of the commands in this passage.  Invite a friend to join.  All they need to do is submit their email address under my picture where it says, “Follow me via email”.

Here’s  a little more challenge for your week:  Look up the following verses.  I loved reading them in the Amplified version.  You can do this by going to www.biblegateway.com   Psalm 143:8; Psalm 9:10; Isaiah 26:4; Psalm 34:8; Isaiah 50:10; Jeremiah 17;7; Psalm 112:7; Proverbs 16:30  Spend some time journaling what God impresses on your heart as you read these verses.  Be still and listen!

I hope you will take some time to listen to the song below and let it lead you to a time of worship.

Wishing you a week full of grace, joy and peace as you trust the Lord!

One Response to “Truth Tuesday – Don’t Fret – Trust!”

  1. Glenna Barr says:

    Thanks Kathy. Excellent study and always timely. 🙂

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