“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil” (Psalm 37:8).
When our minds become filled with stress and frustration, we can fall prey to a series of temptations. We can:
Grow suspicious of others.
When we fret, we tend to think worse of people than they deserve. It’s not long before we accuse and point fingers, simply because we grow frustrated with how things are.
No one enjoys stress; so when it hits us, we can panic and look for quick solutions. We have not taken the time to think and pray through the situation, and begin to make mindless decisions that come back to haunt us.
“Venting,” for the most part, is a euphemism for sinning. We fret over situations so we “vent,” and when we vent, we often aim our venting at people who upset us.
When fretful, we fail to see the big picture and can no longer focus on the daily matters of life. We grow consumed with our source of frustration and it occupies our minds continually.
God has provided for His children a marvelous escape route when they are tempted to fret. Since fretting “tends only to evil” (verse 8 above), we need to seek freedom from this. God’s formula also comes from Psalm 37.
Trust in the Lord (verse 2). Instead of fretting, we need to trust that our God still rules the world and has a great plan for our lives.
Delight yourself in the Lord (verse 4). Believers need to “delight” themselves in God’s wonderful grace and enjoy the peace He brings. This peace surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7), and guards our minds in Christ Jesus.
Be still (verse 7). Instead of reacting in order to escape our stressful conditions, we should pause and take time to pray. The vast majority of our problems do not need immediate attention, and pausing provides us with the opportunity to pray through matters.
God bids us to cast our anxieties upon Him (1 Peter 5:7), and to submit our requests to God (Philippians 4:6). Once we do this, the peace of God guards our hearts and keeps them in His peace (Philippians 4:7).
Child of God, God knows your frame and temptations to stress over many things. He stands ready to free your mind from distracting thoughts and conflicting emotions. Let’s commit to turning to God in prayer whenever we grow fretful. Let’s commit to casting our anxieties on Him, and freeing our minds from conflicting thoughts. We will then think clearly to properly respond to the problems of life and not injure others and ourselves with angry reactions. God grants His marvelous peace to those who walk with Him, and that’s an invitation we need to say “yes” to.
Posted on Fri, November 6, 2015
by Sam Petitfils