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. Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
As I think about people who do not love the Lord, who are super nice people to have as friends, I feel sad. These are the people that wither and fade away one day. It makes me sad because they are the people I would like to spend eternity with. And yet, I cannot force anyone to trust the Lord; not anymore than the Lord will make someone trust in Him. We have been given free will and that is a blessing and sometimes a stumbling block. For the people who ignore God, who are wicked and who are evil, free will is a huge stumbling block as they refuse to accept the truth about eternity with God. Free will can be a stumbling block for believers, too, because we tend to want to try things our way and not God’s way so we stumble in our walk with Him. Thankfully we confess and He restores our relationship with Him.
In Psalm 37:1-5 there are some short reminders that give us a blueprint for a secure walk with the Lord. I want so much to share these things with my friends who don’t want to trust that Jesus is the only way to God. When I have tried, they tell me I am arrogant that I believe it’s “my way or the highway.” We get into discussions that lead nowhere and even when I share Jesus exact words (John 14:6 “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”) they dismiss me as a Radical Jesus Loving Bible Lover. They are right, of course. J
All of Psalm 37 is an encouragement to me because it offers hope and promises of justice and comfort. Someday I want to memorize it but for now, I have it book marked in my Bible.
For this devotion I used the New Living Translation: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2037&version=NLT
Remember we can share, share, share but we can’t make anyone trust the Lord. These 5 reminders show us that we aren’t supposed to worry about anyone else, just ourselves. We should always trust in the Lord for everything. We should do good (not evil). We should delight in the Lord. And we should commit everything to Him.
That includes committing our unsaved family members and friends to Him. It includes being a good example of a Jesus follower to them. And it means that we should delight in God, not in the things of the world.
*Don’t worry about others
*Trust in the Lord
*Delight in the Lord
*Commit everything to the Lord
Lord, I don’t ever want to be concerned over other people and let myself get distracted from my walk with You. You are what matters the most to me and I thank You for your word.
Trusting in Him,