Do not fret because of those who are evilPsalm 37:1-4 NIV
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
David has some very good advice in these verses, especially for those who are distressed by the evil that is so rampant in the world around us. David gives us two possible responses that we might make but should avoid. Do not fret, or become angry, because of evil men. And do not envy what they have. They are, David says, like the grass of the field. It may be green now. But that condition will not last. As the grass will soon wither, even so, evil men will face the consequences of their actions.
Rather than living in anger over the actions of evil men or envying what they have, trust in the Lord and do good. Take delight in our Lord and what he has done, is doing, and will do. Don’t let the darkness, the actions of other people, steal your joy. What we have in Christ is much better than evil men around us can ever hope to attain.
I do not believe David is telling us to ignore the wrong that takes place around us or be accepting of it. Rather, we should not let our anger and frustration over what evil men do take away our joy in Christ. Be an instrument God can use to shine his light into the dark places without letting that darkness steal your joy.
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