Trust in God and Do What Is RightBro. David Chancellor
2/1/2004 6:00 PM
There are all kinds of things in this world and it would be easy to find something to complain about. We could become cynical, but weve been blessed. We should let others hear about Gods blessings. We can be happy because we have God to bless our lives. We can be happy in the Lord. Children need to hear that their parents are happy serving God.
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
There are a lot of things you could fret about. There isnt much profit in fretting. We dont rejoice at others difficulty, but we can rejoice that weve been spared from it. We should be concerned for these poor souls. Dont be disquieted by the evil that exists in the lives of others. Fretting over evildoers will cause you to be angry. What good does it do to sit and fret? Theres no value in it. Trust in God and do well. This will spare you a lot of trouble. Whether the good is noticed or not, trust in God to take care of it. Dont worry about things you cant do anything about. Just trust in God and do well.
If God is your delight, hell give you more of himself. If were going the way that God wants us to go, he can prepare the way before us. Yes, we should work to do well, but God will take care of setting our course. Doing right has a real blessing and benefit in it. God can get you where you need to be if youll put everything in his hands to take care of. Deal with handling today in the way that God would have you to. Letting God take care of us is what makes the Christians life happy. Keep your confidence in God and do what hed have you to do.
If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Men often get caught up in the events of the book, but God puts in little bits to drive the point home. The beasts picture what the saints encounter in the way of opposition. Verse 9 is there to get our attention for verse 10. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Theres a reason to be faithful. Those that go out to do a thing will reap it. Saints know that things will be brought to justice. They leave it to God and let him deal with it. This is where they find peace.
People in Catholicism are bound. They fear to do whats right. Saints do what is right anyway. Jesus bound the binder and thats why were free. Learn to trust and do well in spite of things that come and try to bind you. God is still on the throne. We can know that things are right with God and us, and we can trust him and do well. This doesnt mean that we remain silent. We can speak up for truth and right without getting unsettled by all that is around us. This is where our endurance is.
Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee The fruit of turning aside from God is bitter. The correction is the reaping of the thing that was done. The fruit of their doings naturally comes upon them. The way is hard. The difficult things come to show people that they are on a bad road. You dont have to wish evil on those that do evil. The saint grieves for the soul that is headed the wrong way. The saint trusts God to make things turn out okay even when bad things happen. When people do wickedness, theres a correction that results.
Your family needs to hear that youre happy. This helps the message to get through to the ones in sin. They need to see the goodness of Gods way. Theres a bitter reaping in the way of sin. We need to trust in God and do well, for the best outcome for our souls.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
How will you keep this liberty? Trust God and do well. Dont use this liberty to excuse going your own way. Our way needs to be submitted to God. Dont push for your own way. If youre out to get your own way, you need to be asking God for help. The law is fulfilled in love.
Verse 15 isnt talking about literally biting. This refers to those who are out to give as good as they get. If you do this, youll be destroyed by it. If you get caught up in getting even, youll be consumed by it. Youll lose your happiness. If you get bitten, take it to God and let him heal the hurt. This is how to keep happiness. The biting back leaves bitterness inside. This can happen in marriage. It might start of as teasing, but at some point, it starts to hurt. It makes for an unhappy home. When something hurts, put it in Gods hands, and dont bite back. Trust God and do well. It helps you. Going their way makes you bitter and angry. Let God fight your battles. Be faithful to what you know is right.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
This is the patience and the faith of the saints. Returning evil for evil escalates the problem. Dont add to the problem. Let evil stop with you. Do well to others. If someone says fighting words to you, how do you answer? Douse the flames of evil with water, not gasoline. Returning good for evil will calm things down. Work at being a peace with everyone. Maintain peace on your end. People may try really hard to throw evil at you. Do what God says to do, and leave all that with the Lord. The truth will come out eventually. Trust God and do what is right. It might hurt, but trust God anyway. Dont avenge yourself. God will take care of others. If revenge must be done, God can handle that. He may find that forgiveness is needed, not revenge. If you treat people well, those doing wrong will begin to reap the fruit of their ways. If someone has done you wrong and the opportunity arises to do good for that one, do it. Overcome evil with good; dont let it overcome you. Youll be overcome by evil if you get caught up in seeking revenge.
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
Theres a benefit for trusting God and doing what is right. The soul that walks in wickedness finds hardness, suffering, pain and sorrow. Righteousness is its own reward; it brings peace, quietness and assurance. God can bring us through the trials. Theres a benefit in doing what is right. Peace doesnt come in seeking revenge. We dont have to try to straighten everything out. Doing that sacrifices our peace and our assurance. Trust God and do what is right. Put it in Gods hands and do it Gods way.