Advent Devo Day 10

Tuesday, December 8th

“Do Not Fret

Passage: Psalm 37:37-40

Sharon Bates

We don’t use the word “fret” very much today; however, it is used multiple times in the Bible. The Psalmist David uses it 3 times in Psalm 37 in response to the fears and anxieties brought about by the struggle between the wicked and the righteous. What kinds of struggles do we encounter today?

What do we fret about? Sometimes it is major fears that we have concerning finances, health, or relationships. Other times, it is the smaller things, such as the person who cuts us off in traffic, the computer won’t work right, all our appliances break at the same time, more on our to-do list than time to accomplish them and the list goes on. We may not want to admit this, but we may even fret over seeing other people succeed or have more than we do that don’t seem to be as committed to Christ as we are. These “frets” can eat at us and destroy the peace that God wants us to have.

How can we live a peaceful life in a turbulent world? The Psalmist reminds us that our strength comes from the Lord, especially in troublesome times. Christ left his followers with these words, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you.” Songwriter, Tim Hughes writes “Take from our souls the strain and stress and let our ordered lives confess, The beauty of your peace.”

Prayer: O God of peace and comfort, may we go through our “fretful” days relying on you and seeking a peaceful way of living. Amen


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