“Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers,
For They will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”
I am finding a lot of Don’t/Do’s in the Bible. Don’t do this, but rather do this. Don’t fret or be envious; rather trust, dwell, cultivate. What I find is that if I am doing the one, I cannot be doing the other at the same time. So it is a choice. If I am trusting then I am not fretting. My mind can only do one thing at a time. So when I find myself doing the Don’t, I am training myself to do the Do!
We see how others lie, cheat, intimidate, etc… and yet, seem to have it all. However, God’s Word promises that they will quickly be gone. We just have to hold on and be faithful, trusting in God. Sometimes, God removes the person from our lives, and other times, He will change the person because of our witness, friendliness, interest, and concern. Either way, God wins and we are delivered!
The Do is to trust. Trust that God is allowing the situation. God knows what is best for me and the other person. And God knows what needs to happen for resolution. I trust that He will guide me by letting me know if there is something that I can do, that He will give me patience, and that He will develop a caring and forgiving attitude within my heart in the midst. I will dwell in the land – not high tail it out of there when the going gets rough. Sometimes leaving will be easier, but unless God releases you, running will just make it worse. The I will cultivate faithfulness by standing my ground and believing God’s word trusting that He will give me the strength and wisdom to handle any situation.
So, don’t fret or envy, but do trust, dwell, and cultivate. Let God work His way in you.