Do not fret— it only causes harm —Psalm 37:8
It has been a while for my writing. I have been very busy….. Crazy busy. I ask every morning to write, this morning I did not ask and then I get this. I have caught myself at times worrying or fretting about “can I get all this done?” There are a lot of what ifs. I have great people around me that help to get things done. I have mentors in the business that speak truth into me. That does not change the fact that I worry and fret. I was thinking yesterday that if this is the Lord’s business then why do I worry? After reading this morning’s devo from Oswald I realized that even though it is God’s business there are parts that I want to control. Parts that I feel I could do a better job than Him. (What do we call that?)
I pray for favor every morning for the business that He has trusted me to run. I pray for favor that He would bring the customer to me that want me to work for them. I pray that His decisions are better than mine(I know his decisions are better than mine) and that I would listen to his voice and not my own. Below is today’s devotion. Sometime it just takes one line of scripture to give you peace about something in your life. That is why we spend time in the word. Sometimes that time could be less than 30 seconds.
Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then? If this “Do not” doesn’t work there, then it will not work anywhere. This “Do not” must work during our days of difficulty and uncertainty, as well as our peaceful days, or it will never work. And if it will not work in your particular case, it will not work for anyone else. Resting in the Lord is not dependent on your external circumstances at all, but on your relationship with God Himself.
Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are. Fretting rises from our determination to have our own way. Our Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was never to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God’s plans. Fretting is wickedness for a child of God.
Have you been propping up that foolish soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God to handle? Set all your opinions and speculations aside and “abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about whatever concerns you. All our fretting and worrying is caused by planning without God.