“Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires.”
As we wake up once more to news of the sad and tragic loss of lives by acts of evil, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones. It is yet another reminder for us to pray for His peace and His Kingdom to come on this earth as it is in Heaven.
Yet too often, it is so easy to get knocked down by the worries of this life. It is so easy to be swayed and rocked by devastations in our lives. But time and time again, throughout the Bible, spoken by various writers, speakers, prophets, kings and teachers, we are encouraged to not worry but trust in God. When God is at the center of our lives, we cannot be shaken by any earthquake around us. Of course that is not to say that we don’t care about or mourn about what happens in the world around us, but rather it means that our faith in HIM is unwavering despite of what is happening around us, still trusting for His peace and calm in both this world and personally in our lives.
David too, in his Psalm, encourages us to not worry about the wicked. Perhaps between verse 2 and 3 the words ‘but rather’ should be included. ‘Don’t worry about the wicked…..BUT RATHER…trust in the Lord and YOU do good!’ When we trust in Him, when we do good, when we take delight in Him, He gives birth to the desires in our hearts. Yet what is incredible, is when we trust and delight in Him, He puts His will and His desires into our hearts, which then become our desires.
Keep trusting, keep praying, and keep doing good. Don’t worry, but rather trust in Him!