In the world but not of it

July 2, 2010

Continuously kindling…

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Do not fret…and wait patiently for him to act. Psalms 37:1 & 7

Most of us interpret the word “fret” as “worry” – other translations say, “Do not worry” and in many respects that is an accurate translation but the word has deeper meaning in its context.

The term actually comes from a Hebrew word meaning to burn, to kindle or glow – it has the idea of heat associated with it. This is important for us to see since when we do fret we typically get heated over a particular matter.

When we see situations at work or at home going a certain way we begin to react and even if we are not reacting outwardly, we begin to “kindle” and heat up inwardly. This is the danger we must be aware of, the constant and continuous kindling that can take place in our hearts towards a person or situation.

As you read through Psalms 37 you begin to see why the Lord encourages us not to fret. He lays the groundwork for why we can and should lay aside these emotions. But then in verse seven we have the statement that ties directly back to verse one…”and wait patiently for him to act”.

Why do we burn inside and kindle over matters? It is because we don’t want to be patient and wait for Him to act…in our own understanding we have a timeline for when and how the Lord should resolve matters but in His wisdom the timing is much different.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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