Fret not thyself – Part 1
The pace of life today is fast and furious. We get worked up by things that are going on around us. We rush here and there in pursuit of a living but forget to live. We spend our time chasing after the things that money can buy but lose sight of the things that money cannot buy. We get mesmerized by the glitter but often miss the gold. We run after all those “important” things while sacrificing our relationship with God and our families, our peace, our health. We end up disconnected with God and out of sync with the rhythm of life.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself….” KJV
That is what fretfulness does to us. In the Hebrew, the word for “fret” means to burn up emotionally with worry, anger, anxiousness or jealousy. In the English language, the word comes from a root word meaning to be consumed or devoured up. One of its meanings is also “to gradually wear away something by rubbing or gnawing.” Sadly, too many of us are like that – frayed and burnt out spiritually.
It is interesting that the Bible’s answer to the problem of fret is to rest in the Lord. We were designed to live in harmony with our Creator and walk gently with His creation. We need to slow down to do both. We need to rediscover the tempo of God and the pulse of His creation. Take time to be still before God and just rest in His presence. Appreciate the quiet moments with God and find peace for your soul in stillness before Him.
Jesus knew all about the pressures of life and the demands of the moment. He had so much to do and so little time to do it. Desperate people were always pressing in on Him while the Pharisees were constantly trying to trip Him up or bring Him down. His human body would not have been able to take all the stress and pressure if He did not constantly get away and be alone with God.
And so He was always grabbing those quiet times with His Father. Matthew tells of how He would go “up on a mountainside by himself to pray” all night. Mark relates that He would go off very early in the morning “to a solitary place, where he prayed.” He shut out everyone and everything to be alone with the Father. And He came from there recharged and ready to face the day, gentle as ever and full of peace and joy. No one ever used the word “fretful” to describe Jesus!
There’s something about being in a solitary place with God – it soothes the spirit and removes the stresses of life. It reorders the mind and focuses the heart. Its His gift to you anytime you needed it.