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One of God’s Great Don’ts (2 of 2)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
We are picking up where we left off last time together in Psalm 37 where we find One of God’s Great Don’ts! Verse 1, "Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity." And again in verse 7b, "Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass." Verse 8b, "Do not fret, it only causes harm."
So what does it mean "to fret?" Well .. it means to get bent out of shape … to kindle a fire within .. to fume … to worry. And let’s face it … when we see godly people suffering and struggling and then see godless people succeeding .. it’s enough to get you bent out of shape and to fume!
And yet .. we find here one of God’s great don’ts in verse 1, "Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity." Now remember this: for every command God gives us He gives us the power to fulfill each command and that’s what this 37th Psalm is all about.
Now last time together God told us how to be free from fretting when we see the godly suffer at the same time we see the godless succeed.
(1) Trust in the Lord.
Verse 3, "Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness." That is .. put all your confidence in God. And how we get there? I mean .. how do we get to the place of truly trusting in Him? How did David get there? He got there by walking through the valley of the shadow of death .. that’s how!
How did Paul get there and be able to say in Philippians 4.11, "for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content (to be self-contained)? He got there by shipwrecks, beatings and stonings. More importantly, how do WE get there? You’re not going to like the answer but it’s true! We get there through the troubles of life.
Remember: first comes troubles, then comes trusting. It was twelve years ago this past Tuesday that my world was rocked with the news ...
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