“Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.” Psalm 37:1-2Psalm 37:1-9
It’s hard not to fret about the evil in our world. It crouches at the door, slinks around our neighborhoods, lurks in our churches and schools and government buildings. Evil makes its way known in sibling fights and in terrorist attacks alike. There is no escaping it.
It’s also nothing new. Do you think the sin all around you is worse now in this generation than it ever was before? In the beginning books of the Bible, shortly after sin slithered its way into humanity, God was already referring to His people as “this evil generation” (see Deuteronomy 1:35). Truly, there is nothing new under the sun.
Still David tells us not to fret because of evil. This comes from a man who more than once was running from his enemies to save his life. The only sure way to face evil and to “enjoy safe pasture” (Psalm 37:3) is to take to heart what David tells us: “Trust in the LORD and do good…. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (v. 3, 4). Fear will dissipate in the loving care of your Shepherd.
Trusting in God will not eliminate evil—wait until the new heavens and new earth for that. Today His perfect love for you casts out fear.