Saturday, May 22, 2010

Be still before the Lord

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. Psalm 37:7 NRSV

Okay, I really need this scripture!

This psalm tells us clearly not to be jealous of those who seem to have so much yet live wickedly. In fact, the psalmist is very specifically saying that we should not concern ourselves over these evil people as they will receive vindication from God. Don't fret or spend any time thinking of these people -- they are not worth it and will receive God's righteous judgment.

Instead, we need to wait on God with patience.

God is not going to come in and "take care" of those who are evil on our timeline. Rather than worry about them or being jealous over all they seem to have, we need to focus ourselves on our relationship with God. Delight in God. Commit yourself to the Lord. Trust in God. Keep God's law in your hearts, God's wisdom in your mouths, and keep to all of God's ways. Wait on God.

It is God who will rescue and provide your inheritance.

Turn away from feeling envy.

Walk with God instead.

God, it seems like those who are wicked have so much -- fame, power, money and prestige. Yet, you ask us to wait patiently for you and to walk in your ways. May we spend our time and energy on our relationship with you rather than our feelings of envy. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

1 comment:

  1. I love that verse. It reminds me that material things are temporary and not worth anything in the grand scheme of things. Only tht which is spirit will stand throughout eternity. Those who are wicked and successful will spend eternity without God.