Daily Devotional: Psalms 37:1-7
1 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. 7 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.
16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
I once saw a bumper sticker that said the one who dies with the most toys is the winner. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the lie that material wealth is what life is all about. We see wicked people and people who have no regard for God, who seem to be prosperous, while at the same time we see the righteous in their trials and struggles and we wonder how God allows such to happen. Does God really care? Does he watch over his children? Is it really worth serving him?
We must never forget that life is not about this world. As the song says: “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.” This is why we are told more than once to lay up treasures in heaven and not on the earth. We are not to love this world or the things of this world because all we see is passing away. Life is about getting ready to live with God, in the very presence of Jesus, in a home that is far beyond our imagination in its glory and splendor and is eternal.
When we face trials, hardships, sickness and even death, we can hold the hand of our Savior and know he is always near. Just as he wept with Mary and Martha and over the city of Jerusalem, his tender heart is grieved when we suffer. But as with Lazarus, he knows we too will rise again. And this time, never to die again!
Heavenly Father, help me love that which is good, righteous and wholesome. Use me to tell others the good news of salvation in Jesus. Make me a source of help and encouragement to those who are struggling. Keep my faith strong so I don’t doubt your goodness, your mercy and your love for me. I do ask for your help and relief for your children who are suffering. Give your healing where it is best and give strength and peace to all. I ask a special prayer for those who are suffering for their faith in Jesus. It is in his name that I humbly pray.