"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 37:3-4
David encouraged his weary and worn readers to place their trust in God, but also to counter the evil in the world by "doing good." When we look around us, we can grow discouraged. But, when we see things through the eye of faith, we see things as they really are.
We can be tempted to fight back when attacked, but the better, more wise action is to "do good." Jesus reminded His disciples that others would know they belonged to Him only if they had love for one another (John 13:34-35). Paul, too, shows us the only effective way to overcome evil is to do good (Romans 12:20-21).
To be sure, this goes against modern culture and it is "against the grain." But, it leads to peace in the heart.
1. How have you reacted to hatred and persecution? Have you lashed out or returned evil for evil?
2. Try demonstrating kindness today, even to people who might not deserve it.
3. Call upon God for strength to walk gently in a world of stress and hatred.
4. Re-read today's passage (see above), paying attention to those key words, such as "trust" and "do good."
5. Pray for those who irritate you and may not treat you right.
Posted on Wed, August 3, 2011
by Sam Petitfils