WFW: Do Not Fret

October 22, 2009

WFW

This was ALMOST going to be a Word for Friday post! Sorry, folks– been a bit busy around here all week. Whew! OK, here goes. šŸ™‚

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way; because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret– it only causes harm. Psalm 37:7-8

…I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And a white robe was given them that they should rest a little while longer… Revelation 6:9-11.

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men…. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. …Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:19-21.

Sometimes I get reeeeeeeeally nervous when I see the headlines. Like this one or this one. Or the latest blather to com out of kook-land: government-distributed “Parenting Licenses” in order for people to have children. There’s a fine line between being REALLY worried about what’s going on in this control-freaky kind of world, and keeping an even keel while being informed about matters. But wow, it’s getting harder and harder!

But I do know that it does no good to fret; and that there is nothing wrong with desiring justice. God does not want us to be wrathful, not to take vengeance.. but this doesn’t mean that wrath and vengeance will not come. That’s God’s place.

It’s not politically correct to talk about “vengeance” or “retribution” or “justice” today. Being a “religious” person today means you have to be super-nice, always smiling and happy, forgiving everyone, and pleading to God and men to have “mercy” on evil people. There’s a fine line, of course: truly we are to be merciful and kind; we must forgive others, love our brethren and our enemies, and offer the good news to all who ask! I think that’s what Psalm 37 is saying- don’t fret, don’t get angry and wrathful. Live righteously, and God will take care of things.

3 Responses to “WFW: Do Not Fret”

  1. akaGaGa Says:

    It is a fine line and it is getting harder every day not to cross it. I believe the time is coming when we’re all going to have to make hard choices about what it means to be a Christian.

    I think of the resistance during WWII. Will we be able and willing, if necessary, to hide persecuted Jews or Christians – or homosexuals? Will we be ready to blow up bridges and such? I know the circumstances will be different and so our actions must correspond, but the real issue is in each of our hearts.

    May the Lord prepare us and strengthen us.

  2. Rebecca Says:

    I’d like to believe that I would be willing to hide so-called “political criminals” from tyrants, because it would be right and just. After all, look at what Christ did when we “were yet sinners” (Romans 5). There is value to every soul, and the government has no right to make any of us slaves. Yes, may we have a walk worthy of the Lord, both now and for the times to come. Maranatha, Lord Jesus!!!

  3. padraic Says:

    Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult.