Scripture: Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7 NIV
Observation: The Psalmist is talking about not wanting what the world has to offer.
Application: This is a very fitting passage for me today considering my impatience of yesterday. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently…” Psalm 37:7a NIV I appreciate that bit of encouragement today.
I believe that the broader message of the entire passage applies to all of us as we look ahead politically in America today. Wicked schemes are afoot. Schemes that may fundamentally and economically change America permanently. That is a source of sadness for me personally and for many others, but the Psalmist tells us to not fret. “For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” Psalm 37:9 NIV We have to remember that our hope and joy come from knowing the Lord. Existence is not so bleak until life eternal if we hold to God’s values. The Schemer’s reward will be their evil, earthly plots and schemes. America will not last forever, that is a sad truth, but our reward is in heaven with the Lord.
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving me America to live in. I am saddened and ashamed of what it has become in many respects over the last couple of generations for I know of it’s God-centered foundation. We are reaping what we have sown in this country especially since we have collectively asked you to “kindly but out!” We now see that blatant attempts, that wicked schemes, are being made to fundamentally change the type of government under which we live from Representative Republic to Marxist Socialist and that is a source of grave concern. Lord, help us to remember that our reward is in you–not America. Help us to focus on the fact that our joy comes from being your children, not Americans, and don’t allow us to fret any longer. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen