Trust, Rest, Wait . . . Don’t Fret

The Bible is constantly commanding believers to trust in, rest in, and wait upon the Lord. God makes Himself pretty clear that we are not fret or worry about anything.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He will do it. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. – Psalm 37: 3-5, 7,9 

Why are these clear and seemingly simple commands so often difficult for me to obey? Why do I often find myself battling anxiety, impatience, and unrest? Maybe because I am seeking to order the details of my own life and to provide for myself apart from God. Maybe because I am determined to have my way in my life. Or just maybe because I am much more concerned with seeking my will than the Father’s.

Oh Lord, prune away this (bad) fruit of self-centered independence and desire for self-sufficiency… this chasing after my own will. 

I’ve been reading devotions from Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest of late. Rich and convicting stuff. I find myself jotting down quotes in my journal and on index cards almost daily. Ole’ Oswald writes a number of things worth sharing…

Resting in the Lord is not dependent on your external circumstances at all, but on your relationship with God Himself. Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are. Fretting rises from our determination to have our own way. Our Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was never to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God’s plans. Fretting is wickedness for a child of God.  

Wait on the Lord and He will work (Psalm 37:34). But don’t wait sulking spiritually and feeling sorry for yourself, just because you can’t see one inch in front of you! Are we detached enough from our own spiritual fits of emotion to “wait patiently for Him”? Waiting is not sitting with folded hands doing nothing but is learning to do what we are told. 

What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power NOW. God is not working toward a particular finish–His purpose is the process itself. God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very moment, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself. 

Each day, regardless of the circumstances and situations I face, I pray that I will be more faithful and obedient to trust, rest, wait, and not fret. 

Lord, sanctify me.

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