This devotion was originally written for the Chase Oaks Church website. Read the Devotion on the Chase Oaks website…..
“1Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
3Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
7Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.
10Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.
11But the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
12The wicked plots against the righteous
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees his day is coming.”
This psalm repeatedly uses words like don’t fret (worry), trust, rest, dwell, delight, and wait. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect life? However, life is not always perfect. But God still does not want us to worry. In fact, God commands us not to worry. Instead of worrying, God tells us to trust Him and pray. And, when we start worrying again, we pray again and ask God to give us rest and the peace that surpasses all understanding.
I struggle with worry. I always need an action plan that gives me a sense of control over the end result. Without it, I worry. I trust God, but the reality is that I don’t trust Him enough or I wouldn’t need to feel in control. However, God lovingly understands and is willing to teach me to trust Him more each day.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Every medication my doctor has prescribed to try and manage the symptoms has given me a severe side effect. There is not another one I can safely try at this point and . . . I am worried. But God is asking me daily to trust Him. That doesn’t mean I’m supposed to go around with a fake smile on my face. It means that even on the bad days, the painful days, and the really scary days, I remember to turn to Him, be still, and trust even when it is through tears.
I can trust by putting my future in His hands. I can be still by not allowing my mind to race to all the “what ifs” about my future. I can wait by praying and asking others to pray for me. I can dwell by focusing on Him and being thankful for all the good things He has done in the past. I can delight by enjoying every minute of my good days. And, I can wait to see what God is going to do through this illness. I don’t always get it right, but thankfully God is very patient!
Written by Diana Wells
Wife of Gerry, mother of Caleb, child of God.