HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” (Psalm 37:1).
Do not get into a perilous heat about things. If ever heat were justified, it was surely justified in the circumstances outlined in the Psalm. Evil-doers were moving about clothed in purple and fine linen, and faring sumptuously every day.
There are those that beat their chest to become what others are and dressed in their high ministerial outfit will seek to destroy others because of hatred and envy. I am here to encourage you not to fret about these evildoers that create strife, scandal and discord to benefit their ego. Do not fret when these things happen. I will urge you to read THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS For there is a lesson for you in these trials. Remember how Saul through jealousy tried to kill David? Little did he knew that the spirit of the Lord had already departed from him. He then turned to the witch of Ednor for comfort.
“Workers of iniquity” were climbing into the supreme places of power, and were tyrannizing their less fortunate brethren. Sinful men and women were stalking through the land in the pride of life and basking in the light and comfort of great prosperity, and good men were becoming heated and fretful.
“Fret not thyself.” Do not get unduly heated! Keep cool! Even in a good cause, fretfulness is not a wise help-meet. Fretting only heats the bearings; it does not generate the steam. It is no help to a train for the axles to get hot; their heat is only a hindrance. When the axles get heated, it is because of unnecessary friction; dry surfaces are grinding together, which ought to be kept in smooth co-operation by a delicate cushion of oil.
And is it not a suggestive fact that this word “fret” is closely akin to the word “friction,” and is an indication of the absence of the anointing oil of the grace of God? Hallelujah
These lessons are daily and we are in the learning process. Why are you going to fret when you can pray. Why are you fretting when you have better thing to do with your time?
In fretfulness, a little bit of grit gets into the bearings–some slight disappointment, some ingratitude, some discourtesy–and the smooth working of the life is checked. Friction begets heat; and with the heat, most dangerous conditions are created.
Do not let thy bearings get hot. Let the oil of the Lord keep thee cool, lest by reason of an unholy heat thou be reckoned among the evil-doers. In other words, do not let mere words of others of those that seek to do you harm sour your day. Evils are always present but do not give the enemy any occasion to overcome you. When we allow evil to control us it interferes with our anointing and the windows of blessings.