Words from the Heart for Sunday January 3rd, 2021
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Psalm 37:7 (NIV)
Do Not Fret
According to the Canada 2016 Census, there are almost 1.2 million Polish-Canadians. The population is widely dispersed across Canada. Fretting over lack of farmland and geopolitical upheaval in 19th century Europe, Polish immigrants began coming to Canada. One of the largest concentrations of Polish-Canadians is in the Roncesvalles area of Toronto. The Canadian Polish Congress is an umbrella organization, founded in 1944 by Polish-Canadians to co-ordinate the activities and articulate the concerns of their community on public policy issues.
If you want to worry about something, you don’t have to look far these days. It has always been that way. The world can be a challenging place. And what is most challenging is when we see evil flourishing and evil people not getting their just desserts. How do we Christ-followers handle this? The Psalmist answers this question in Psalm 37:7: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Too often we think “things are worse now than they’ve ever been.” But King David wrote this Psalm some 3000 years ago. Even then those who were doing wicked things seemed to succeed without any consequences. In our day of social networking and 24-hour news channels, it is too easy to get upset and disturbed. Instead, we are called to be still in the Lord and wait patiently for him. What a blessing to know that when things are challenging, when in our spirit we are getting upset and begin to fret, we can instead be still in the Lord. He has everything under control. Wait patiently, today, for him.
These have been words from the heart.