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Rest in the Lord

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Psalm 37:7-11 – Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not get upset because of the person who carries out wicked schemes. 8 Cease from anger and abandon wrath; it leads only to evildoing. 9 For evildoers will be eliminated, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. 10 Yet a little while and the wicked person will be no more…”

We live in a time with more instant information available to us than ever before in the history of the world. It puts us in a position where we can easily lose our peace over decisions being made that we can do nothing about. Meanwhile, taking in this information can cause us to lose energy and focus on the things right in front of us that we can do something about.

Jesus promised us, ‘in this life you will have trouble.’ People are going to operate in ways that put their own interests first and possibly cause damage to others. We are going to continually be tempted to lose heart and become cynical, angry, and a reflection of the very thing that caused it. While Jesus promised trouble, he also said, ‘take heart, I have overcome the world (Jn. 16:33).’

Are you at rest in God’s promises as revealed in Jesus Christ? Anger and wrath don’t generally change anything, they often only make circumstances worse; they make us personally worse. The world and everything in it belongs to the Lord. He will handle justice. He will do what is right. Nobody is getting away with anything in the end. Don’t let the wicked make you wicked and take away your coming inheritance. Guard your heart, clinging to Jesus and His promises! Let’s be like Jesus and pray for our enemies and look for ways to bless them knowing how the story ends.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the reminder that we need to be patient and act with compassion for the outcome of the wicked. Help us to pray for those we see in rebellion to you and to do what we can to show them your goodness and love. Help us to trust you to do what is right and not take vengeance into our own hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.