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Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.  Psalm 37:1 NASB

Photo courtesy of pixabay.A life preserver is thrown to those drowning less they sink beneath the waves. God’s Spirit gave Psalm 37 so drowning souls could grab its buoyancy.

When schemes by the evil one and his minions threaten to destroy all we hold dear, our heavenly Father wants us to have something to hold on to as we pass through seemingly impossible times.

The psalm begins with “do not fret” and “trust in the Lord.” Evildoers will wither and fade. During overwhelming times when it seems impossible that things will work out, we can rest in God and keep doing the best we can as we trust in the Lord to bring us through. Quoting and reading this psalm repeatedly will give us a life preserver.    

No matter how dark it seems, we should delight in the Lord. He will give us the desires of our heart. As we rest and wait patiently for Him, He will do it. It may take a while before He frees us from oppression, but He is the only One who knows the big picture.

We should not be angry or wrathful against those who carry out wicked schemes. They will be cut off. The Lord laughs at the evil plots and threats which seem so overwhelming to us. The evil ones and their schemes will vanish like smoke. We will not be left in the power of evil plans.

Our job is to wait on the Lord’s rescue, and it will happen because we have taken refuge in Him. Overwhelming times are survived by a trusting relationship with the Good Shepherd who will protect us and bring us through dark valleys as we take refuge in Him.

When you are overwhelmed, turn to the One who can soothe and protect you.

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Robert L. Segress

The Rev. Dr. Bob Segress served as a licensed psychological clinician for twenty-five years. Upon retiring, he served for fifteen years as a prison minister. Retiring again, he began writing full-time after a period of boredom. He has written: The Biblical Approach To Psychology while serving as a college educator, The Shelton Series, and, in 2012, Ten Years Inside Shelton Prison. Currently, he writes for several publications such as Halo Magazine.