Find Rest by Trusting the Lord

Opening Prayer: 

God, help me to trust You as I face the realities of this fallen world with all of the pain that is inflicted by sin, both mine and that of others.  We can look forward to our final transformation into creatures fit for eternal life and unbroken fellowship with you.  But alas we must first finish our appointed time here in the company of other sinners.  We are weak and need Your help.

 

Read:  Psalm 37:3–6, NIV

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” 

 

Reflect: 

This Psalm opens with an encouragement to see evil from God’s perspective: pointless, worthless rebellion that will only last for a brief season, and that will soon enough die away.  Our passage offers an alternative to fretting about the fallen world.  We are to instead commit ourselves to a life lived in God’s care.  While we must endure the reality of sin, ours and others, we should not let sin own us.  We can instead realize that we are under God’s care, and delight in living for Him.  We must continually seek to live purer lives, seeking forgiveness and restoration when we stumble.  We must value our relationship with God as more precious by far than any temporary benefits that can be acquired by sinful means. 

We must not question God’s grace granted to others when He holds back His hand and allows the rebellion of other people even if they seem to obtain some transitory benefit.  We must remain assured that anything other than a life lived for God is second best.  It is good to replace fretting about other people’s worldly success with the decision to pray that they find salvation while there is still time.

Please consider that we should not compartmentalize our own lives either.  When conducting business and otherwise having dealings with other people, we cannot create an area in our life where secular rules apply.  For a life consecrated to God, all parts of life must be lived in God’s loving presence.  Likewise in all things: in business, in school, in recreation and in church, we must live sacrificially for the good of others.  This is the imitation of Christ.  If we sell something to another, ask a fair price.  If we purchase something from another, willingly pay a fair price.  If we are paid to work, work hard as unto the Lord.  Such living prepares us for an eternal life.  Such living offers others a shining demonstration of God living in and through us.  Such living advances God’s kingdom on Earth.  For such a life, we have the Bible’s promise that our needs will be met; most especially our need for God’s fellowship.

 

Apply: 

As you live your life, make God’s priorities, your priorities.  God wants you to help Him as He continues to carry out His plans for the World.

 

Closing Prayer:

God please use me as an instrument of your love in a world so filled with hate.  Help me to be a channel of your grace that helps melt away all the un-grace that spoils so much of life.  I look to you as my reward and my very real help in times of trouble.  God, I love you with all my heart.

Terry Schneider