- Fret not yourself over evil doers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness – that which is not upright, nor in right standing with God.
To fret is to worry, to have an unsettled heart, to fume, to become angry.
Faith cures fretting. Sight views things only as they seem. Causing envy; faith has clearer vision and sees things as they really are, bringing truth. There is a joy in holy activity which drives away discontent. Where there is heaven in the heart there will be heaven in the house.
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 praising Him. People who delight in God desire or ask nothing but what will please Him. Their desires are submitted to God’s will.
Paul said, “I have learned in whatever state I am to be content,” Phil. 4:11. I believe that the moment faith gripped Paul, he was content. He was in the center of God’s will, and he had the promise of God. He had prayed through. It did not matter what happened from that moment on. God had taken the sting out of the storm.
13. Not in your own strength, for it is God who is all the while effectually at work in you – energizing and creating in you the power and desire – both to will and work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
Here are what I consider 2 experts on the Word of God. This is their take on fretting. We cannot be at rest if the soul is fretting. We need an understanding of the way out of fretting.
Spurgeon is saying it is good to be in holy activity. When we are busy with the Lord’s work and not in front of the TV or friends we are in a safer environment. This time of worship and prayer brings contentment to the soul that ends in joy and fretting departs.
Wilkerson says that Paul was content when he knew he was in the center of God’s will. That is when he had obtained His promise. Therefore, his circumstances did not matter.
We can learn from these 2 great men of God the key to contentment. They both are basically saying to give up your will and follow the Lamb. That is the Gospel.