I remember being younger and getting into trouble. Often times I would be the one that got caught because I would see someone do something wrong and I would decide if they could do it, it must be okay for me to do it also. When I got caught I would say, “so and so did it first” hoping to save my self from punishment. Well, of course that never worked because my parents knew that I was willfully being disobedient. I can remember being frustrated that I seemed to get punished more often than those who started the trouble. It didn’t seem fair that other people were doing wrong things and not getting punished for it. What I didn’t understand back then, and what my parents were trying to teach me, was that I needed to be responsible for my own actions. I was spending too much time worrying about what others were doing and not enough time considering my own actions.
This is a valuable lesson that the Lord wants to teach us as well. In Psalm 37:1 it says “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.” It tells us to not fret, worry or be bothered by what others are doing. Verse 8 says “do not fret it only causes harm.” Our God is faithful and it’s not our responsibility to worry about those that are doing wrong. It may seem like they are getting away with evil but God will deal with them in His timing.
We know from verse 1 that God doesn’t want us to fret over what others are doing, so what does He want us do instead? Well, Psalms 37:3 tells us “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” The first thing we are to do is trust. The Believers Bible Commentary says, “This trust does not mean an unfounded, breezy optimism that everything will turn out right. Instead, it means a deep, abiding reliance on the God who has promised to punish the ungodly and to reward the righteous. His Word can never fail.” Not only are we to trust Him but also we are to do good. It’s not always easy doing what is good, but God rewards those that obey His commands found in His Word. Verse 3 ends with “Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” always remember that our God is faithful! Such a wonderful promise we we given here. Don’t worry about what you have no control over, instead focus on pleasing the Lord in all that you do and His promise is that He will provide, protect and be faithful to you.