"Fret not thyself" (Psalm. 37:1).
Do not get into a perilous heat about things. If ever heat were justified, it was surely justified in the circumstances outlined in the Psalm. Evil-doers were moving about clothed in purple and fine linen, and faring sumptuously every day. "Workers of iniquity" were climbing into the supreme places of power, and were tyrannizing their less fortunate brethren. Sinful men and women were stalking through the land in the pride of life and basking in the light and comfort of great prosperity, and good men were becoming heated and fretful.
"Fret not thyself." Do not get unduly heated! Keep cool! Even in a good cause, fretfulness is not a wise help-meet. Fretting only heats the bearings; it does not generate the steam. It is no help to a train for the axles to get hot; their heat is only a hindrance. When the axles get heated, it is because of unnecessary friction; dry surfaces are grinding together, which ought to be kept in smooth co-operation by a delicate cushion of oil.
And is it not a suggestive fact that this word "fret" is closely akin to the word "friction," and is an indication of absence of the anointing oil of the grace of God?
In fretfulness, a little bit of grit gets into the bearings--some slight disappointment, some ingratitude, some discourtesy--and the smooth working of the life is checked. Friction begets heat; and with the heat, most dangerous conditions are created.
Do not let thy bearings get hot. Let the oil of the Lord keep thee cool, lest by reason of an unholy heat thou be reckoned among the evil-doers. --The Silver Lining
Dear restless heart, be still; don't fret and worry so;
God has a thousand ways His love and help to show;
Just trust, and trust, and trust, until His will you know.
Dear restless heart, be still, for peace is God's own smile,
His love can every wrong and sorrow reconcile;
Just love, and love, and love, and calmly wait awhile.
Dear restless heart, be brave; don't moan and sorrow so,
He hath a meaning kind in chilly winds that blow;
Just hope, and hope, and hope, until you braver grow.
Dear restless heart, repose upon His breast this hour,
His grace is strength and life, His love is bloom and flower;
Just rest, and rest, and rest, within His tender power.
Dear restless heart, be still! Don't struggle to be free;
God's life is in your life, from Him you may not flee;
Just pray, and pray, and pray, till you have faith to see.
--Edith Willis Linn
I was so blessed by this reading today I thought I would share it. It speaks to fretting over evil doers, and we all have situations around us were Satan has his outposts, situations we can't budge. They can be terribly troubling, however what spoke to me is the sneak attacks of those fiery darts we don't see coming. There can be many days where we go about thinking waters are calm and peaceful and suddenly a situation presents itself that throws us. I think the greatest advantage the devil has in these is of course the element of surprise, we don't have time to think, or even send up our "prayer flare".
How important is that time with the Lord early in our day, when we can humbly come before Him and say "Lord I don't know what today holds, maybe it will all be smooth and routine, maybe I'll see a trial coming, maybe I won't. Please heavenly Father whether I've got high hopes and great things planned or not, help me to remember that Your word says we plan our ways "but the Lord directs out steps" Anoint me now with your oil for this day, lest I behave in such a way to grieve You or give cause to Your enemies to blaspheme Your name."
How merciful is our God to go before us, thank you Lord.