A Bad Obsession

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In Psalms 37:1 we read, “Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.” It’s a good warning because that is exactly what we do.

Think about it. How many times do we see folks that are beside themselves about worldly shenanigans? They obsess about the evil they see to the point they make themselves miserable.

On the other side of the coin, we have those that feel like they are missing out. They look at a world that does what it wants, when it wants, and deep down wishes that could be them. Forget about the consequences. They feel they are suffering because they can’t live like the world.

Yet both of these reactions are not faith responses. Consider what is said the next few verses down: “For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land. Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.” When we fret or envy, we don’t take into account that God is in control. We think somehow evildoers are getting away with it. They are not. Wickedness won’t last.

Instead of worrying about the wrongdoer, let’s focus on trusting in God.

Barry Haynes
Hope church of Christ
Hope, AR

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