HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Theme: Developing God’s Purpose For Your Life
- Don’t Fret
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.
Psalms 37:7-8, Wait and trust the LORD. Don’t be upset when others get rich or when someone else’s plans succeed. Don’t get angry. Don’t be upset; it only leads to trouble.
Fret means worry. Don’t get worried. Don’t get uptight. We do that when we get into delays. We worry, get uptight, get stressed out. Worry will give you something to do, but worry will get you only cause strength to drain from you.
When you worry you bind the hands that can help you. God responds to faith, not fear. Learn to trust God in the delays you face. After all, it is God that is leading you.
God says don’t fret, don’t worry, don’t get uptight about it. When we really grumble is when we’re waiting for God to act. We get in a hurry. Proverbs 19:2 “And he sins who hastens with his feet.” When we try to take matters into our own hands we get in trouble. We try to help God out. It’s frustrating to be in a hurry and God isn’t. God is never in a hurry. The Bible says with Him, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. He’s larger than time. One of the most useless things to try to do is to speed up God.
When you get impatient you start trying to work it out yourself. You get a dream from God, make the decision to go for it, and then when the delay comes and it’s not fast enough for you, you start trying to figure out ways of doing God’s dream on your own. You start trying to force the issue.
Abraham did this. God said He was going to give him a son. At 75 Abraham still didn’t have one. Sarah was incapable of conceiving. He decided to have a child by Hagar, Sarah’s handmaiden. Hagar gets pregnant and bears a son. They name him Ishmael. Abraham thought he had the miracle child in Ishmael. God said that Ishmael was not the miracle. That was just a normal conception. He wasn’t the baby God said would be the miracle baby. God blessed Ishmael anyway and he also became the father of a great nation. He’s the father of all the Arabs.
But God said there would be another child. Later Abraham had Isaac through Sarah who was way up in years and although she had never been able to have a child, at a grandmother’s age she had a baby. Isaac became the father of the Jewish nation.
Don’t fret, but trust God’s timing. Psalm 37:7-8, “Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him to act. Don’t fret and worry. It only leads to harm.”
Resting in God is an act of faith to trust God’s timing.. It means you’re waiting on God. One time, Jesus and the disciples were in a boat and Jesus fell asleep. A big storm came up and the disciples freaked out. Jesus is in the corner of the boat sleeping. They wake Jesus up, Why are you sleeping? “Do you think God is going to let the boat sink with Me in it?” Jesus, by His sleeping, was saying, I can trust God even in the middle of a storm. I don’t have to worry about it.
When we get into a storm, we lay awake all night. And we fret about it. The very fact that we’re laying awake at night means we’re not living by faith. We can’t get any sleep because we don’t really trust God to work it out. God says, “Don’t fear, don’t fret. Remember I’m always with you and trust My timing.”
The verse says “Wait patiently for Him to act.” When you wait impatiently it doesn’t make waiting any better. All being impatient does is make you miserable.
“Don’t fret and worry. It only leads to harm.” Worry doesn’t work. It just makes you miserable. So stop worrying and start trusting God’s timing.
Ecclesiastes 3:11, “God has set the right time for everything.” God’s timing is perfect.
TO BE CONTINUED ……