Fretting (and How to Avoid It)

What with all of the political scandal going on– especially in the US—it is hard not to get discouraged and angry. The Bible calls this “fretting.”

This morning, our pastor spoke on fretting, specifically in Psalm 37, which talks all about fretting.  It says,

“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
(Psalm 37:1-7, NIV)

As the Psalm goes on, fretting is spoken of more. But these verses don’t just command us not to fret; it sets our eyes upon Jesus, who promises that those who do evil “will soon wither.” It gave me comfort and encouragement, to know that the God of the Universe looks at the evil and the wiles of the wicked here on the Earth, and He tells His people to not lose sleep over it—that He has it all figured out.

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How has Jesus encouraged your heart lately? I’d love to hear about it!


Do you know Jesus?
Jesus came and died for us, so that we could have peace with God. Hear more about Jesus and what He has done for each of us, here.


Please pray (you can find the prayer sheet here)…

  • For our government. No matter where your political stance lies, those who lead our nation NEED Jesus!
  • That, in our own lives, we would trust in Jesus more deeply.
  • Those around us who are suffering and we do not know. May Jesus use us to bring people Hope.

Thank you for your prayers!

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