Psalm: 37:1-18
Old Testament: Isaiah 7:1-9
New Testament:2 Thessolonians 2:1-12

Michaelangelo’s depiction of Jeremiah the Prophet

How do you feel when you see bad people moving up in the world??? Do you get angry? Do you feel resentful? Do you feel let down by God???

These are all normal feelings to have. I know there have been times in my life where people that I don’t particularly like, or would consider immoral have attained positions of power and status.

Whenever that happens, I try and remember the words of today’s Psalm:

Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass,
and wither like the green herb.

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
Do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. (Psalm 38:1-2, 8-9)

Our relationship with God entails looking after our own personal backyards first. Growing in the faith means trusting in the LORD and walking in his ways to the best of our ability, not paying attention to the lack of righteousness from the guy across the street.

The funny thing about my feelings of pride and superiority is that are ultimately false. The truth is, no matter how many good things I do in this world, I am no better than the “unrighteous” dude across the street. We are both sinners and both in need of God’s grace through Christ.

But because I am human, I am also apt to hate and loathe; to be jealous and to prove that I am a better person than you.

Psalm 38 reminds us that the bestowing of wealth and community standing has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with God.

The LORD’s justice will prevail in the end. Although we may question him in the interim, we can only be truly responsible for working out our own salvation; building up our relationship with Jesus day by day. +