Don’t be Afraid
The Cycle of Victory – Part 1
Scripture: Psalm 37:3-4
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the Lord
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37 has been a favorite of Christ followers for as long as I can remember. Preachers have preached its truths, teachers have detailed its instruction, and authors have filled their books with its inspiration. The first seven verses are especially powerful in their encouragement to God’s people. Take time, when you have some extra moments, to read these first seven verses. They describe a cycle of victory with four phrases. Let’s look at them today and tomorrow.
The first phrase is “Do not fret.” We must learn to stop ourselves from “fretting” over the decisions and circumstances of our lives. Jesus reminds us that worrying (another word for fretting), can’t add one positive thing to our lives. If you are like me, you “catch yourself” worrying about issues almost unconsciously. The moment I realize what is taking place inside the different levels of my consciousness, I begin to take captive those thoughts. I begin the process of resisting the devil’s lies. As quickly as possible, I replace fretting thoughts with trusting thoughts! No matter how tough a decision is, God already has the answer long before we even thought to ask Him!
The second phrase is what I’ve just mentioned: Trust in the Lord. Our goal should be that the moment we hear ourselves say, “I don’t know what to do” about any decision, we follow it with the phrase: “I will trust the Lord.” Trust says God knows and is willing to guide His children each step of the way.
Father, I find it easy to fret and hard to trust. Please grow me into a person where just the opposite characterizes my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.