1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
2 For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
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 act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
Psalm 37:1-7 (ESV)
Today, of all days, these words are a timely reminder that God holds my tomorrow and cares for my today. Today, the reality of my unemployment is larger than life. I begin 2011 without a job, currently without prospects and no income. However, in reflection over the last 6 months, I see God's perfect hand in my life and I have so much to be thankful for. His plan for my life is unfolding exactly as He desires.
I am reminded of another time when Jesus said "Be still". Jesus and his disciples were on a boat in the Sea of Galilee and a sudden fierce storm erupted that quickly began sinking the boat. Jesus is sleeping through the storm and the disciples are panicking. In the midst of the storm, Jesus says, "Peace! Be still" and immediately the wind ceased and there was great calm. (Mark 4:35-41)
Lord, I hope and pray that you will not have to rebuke me as you did the disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" May I live out Psalm 37 in my life by trusting in you, doing good, feeding on faithfulness, delighting in you and waiting patiently for you. Let not the worries of this world distract me from enjoying you and bringing you glory. I love you and thank you today.