"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread." Psalm 37:23-25
One of the key statements made in Psalm 37 is something to the effect of “don’t fret... it only leads to harm.” In other words, it does no good to worry. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that we should not be unconcerned. I’m not saying we should not make plans. I am saying that we should not worry. Worry is wrong. Worry is failing to trust in God. Worry is sin.
Jesus taught that we should not worry about things; instead, we should seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and all the things we really need (i.e. food, clothes, and shelter) will be provided for us in one way or another. Worry won’t add a year to your life or an inch to your height. Worry won’t take away gray hair. Worry adds to it.
We are not implying some kind of misguided prosperity gospel. What we are saying is that God provides what we need as we need it (see 1 Corinthians 10:13, or the earlier daily walk devotion entitled, “Is God Enough”). It’s better to pray than to worry (see Philippians 4:6-9). As the passage above states, if we trust in God, God will guide and direct our lives. This is emphasized in Proverbs 3:5-8. It’s not that the road ahead will be an easy one. It’s not that life is free from difficulty. That’s why we read in verse 24: “though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.” We will fall. But God will be there to catch us. And that’s why verse 24 is preceded by the statement: “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.” God knows His sovereign plan for your life. He is faithful to us as we trust in Him (and when we fall short He remains faithful). He orders your steps. He directs your life and life circumstances (read Psalm 139). And when you fall, or stumble, He is there. He will take care of you. That’s why the Psalmist is able to say: “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” God never abandons His people. Sure, He lets them experience hardship, but never harm. By harm I mean some destructive event of eternal consequence. No matter what happens to you in this short momentary life, God will provide you an eternal home. He’s also aware of your temporal needs.
It does no good to worry. No matter how terrible you feel, the fact is that God takes care of His people. He establishes their steps. We might stumble, but God will always catch us and He will see to it that we have a heavenly home. In the Psalmist’s long life, experience taught him what God’s word already said: God does not abandon or forsake His people. He never leaves them without resources. The longer we live, the more clearly we see this truth: “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” (Psalm 37:25)
So what? So this: don’t worry, trust and pray. Rejoice in the fact that nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ. Nothing can rip you from God’s care. No one loves you more than He does. Therefore, choose delight in the Lord (v. 23b) and serve Him faithfully as you trust Him to establish your steps and provide and care for you. Trust in God even when life hurts. It does no good to worry.
Posted on Wed, September 10, 2014
by Sam Petitfils