I am reminded of a ninety-year-old woman who, when asked how she lived so long, replied, “When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose, and when I worry, I goes to sleep.”
A story is told of a worry-wart who went to a psychiatrist. After he listed all the man’s problems, the psychiatrist asked him to name one instance when worry helped, and then explained that 99% or more of what we worry about never happens.
Sometimes a person becomes so depressed about evil in the world that it results in his own downfall.
In Psalm 37, David warned us about this problem. Three times he used the little phrase, “Fret not” in relation to our frustration with the wrongs around us. There are three very important lessons we can learn from David:
- Do not get upset when you see the wicked get away with sin (verse 1).
- Do not get angry when these same people prosper more than you (verse 7).
- Do not get resentful (or moody) which may cause you to become and act wicked yourself.
If resentment has filled your heart because others are getting away with doing wrong, you are on dangerous ground. The word “fret” means to blaze up with anger, to have zeal and jealousy.
Proverbs 24:19 says, “Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked.”