“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”–Psalm 37:1–3
Commenting on this verse, Dr. Paul Chappell asked this question,”Have you ever found yourself worrying?”. Then he made the following observation:” We all do. We worry about how the bills will be paid, how a project at work will get done, if we are training our children correctly, how we will know God’s will, how to handle a certain situation, and so on. We worry about things as small as what someone will think about our outfit to things as large as how we will make the next house payment. It’s in our human nature to worry.
Recent studies show that on average people worry about:
40%—things that will never happen
30%—things about the past that can’t be changed
12%—things about the criticisms of others, mostly untrue
10%—things about health, which gets worse with stress
8%—things about real problems that will be faced
Many times Christians can begin worrying when they focus on the lives of others. Have you ever wondered why you faced so many trials when it seems as if the unsaved enjoyed their wealth and luxuries? Why were you suffering for serving Christ and others were seemingly blessed?
It can be easy to get sidetracked from serving God and focus on others, but God wants us to focus on Him! God clearly explains in Psalm 37 His provisions for the righteous. He says, “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 37:7–9).
It’s as if God is saying, “Don’t worry about what the unsaved do and have. I am still God and am in control of all. They have their reward here on earth, but your everlasting reward is waiting in Heaven! Just focus on me and continue living for me!”
Have you ever had times of doubt and worry? Does seeing the prosperity of others sometimes discourage you? Don’t allow Satan to take your eyes off Christ! Yes, others may have more provisions and everything seems to go perfectly for them. But if you are serving Christ faithfully, He promises you a reward far better than anything this earth has to offer. He’s promised to provide for your every need, so there is no need to worry!“