7. Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him, and patiently stay yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
8. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself; it tends only to evil-doing.
9. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord, (in the end) shall inherit the earth. Amp.
Fret – c) be angry, burn, be displeased, grieve.
Rest – c) to stop, cease, be silent, tarry, wait, be still.
The key to getting the victory in verses 7-8 is in verses 1-5. There are 6 main steps for us to learn. They are:
- Fret Not
- Trust in the Lord
- Delight yourself in the Lord
- Commit your way to the Lord
- Be still, rest and wait
- Cease from anger
If these steps came naturally to us they would not be in the scriptures. We all have a tendency to become displeased and complain when our politician loses an election and we have to live with the policies of those with whom we strongly disagree. Are we to speak out against them until we boil over in anger?
We are to be still and wait. The Lord is always in control, even when the wicked are in power. We are to continue trusting in the Lord and committing our way unto Him. It is not our duty to tend to running the country. We are always to pray for our leaders. We should not judge so harshly. We do not really know who is pulling their strings.
Isaiah 58 is the fasting chapter, but it is about more than fasting. It tells us how to rise to a new life and become a watered garden whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:9 says, “… If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression (wherever you find them), the finger pointed in scorn toward the oppressed or the godly, and every form of false, unjust and wicked speaking; 10. And if you pour out that which you sustain your own life for the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness and your obscurity and gloom be as the noonday.”
Our words are very important. Somehow we think it is right to speak out against an evildoer. This scripture says to take away every yoke, even the finger pointed toward the oppressed (which could mean everyone). We know that to steal is wrong. It is also wrong to steal someone’s reputation even when what we say is true. We are to be harmless as doves.
I do not agree with the current administration, but it is not my place to point the finger in judgment. The Lord can handle it just fine without me. I am to fret not, be still and pray.
Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced. Amp.
We are not to be like the ocean, constantly moving with waves hitting the shore. We are to be calm, still and at rest. That is His will for us all.
There is no room for fretting if we remember that we belong to the Lord, but there is every incentive to be peaceful, constantly rejoicing and praising Him. People who delight in God desire or ask nothing but what will please Him. Their desires are submitted to God’s will.