The first ingredients in David’s formula are Fret not and Envy not and as was true during David’s tempestuous life, currently we encounter many challenging and discouraging situations in life which cause us concern, frustration, and sometimes even dismay. All around us we see those who show little or no concern for others. Many who take a firm stand for moral and Spiritual values, are slighted or ridiculed as perhaps David was.
We may have a problem accepting the inequities of life: we have worked diligently all our lives, but during old age we do not have much of the world’s goods to show for our labor, but we need to remember Jesus told us to lay up treasures in heaven. Also the apostle Paul wrote these comforting; yet challenging words:
“Not that I was ever in need: for I have learned to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned to be content in all circumstances.” Philippians 4: 11-12
So we should not be envious of others and their wealth or achievements, and if we keep our eyes on Jesus, we won’t spend our time complaining about what others have and we don’t have. When we do that, there will be no room for envy. My Lord is allowing me to live many years and I am trusting Him for the needs I currently have.
One hundred years is brief when compared to eternity; so I will not use my remaining time fretting about what I do not have and envying others of what they have.
Heavenly Father, in Proverbs 3: 1-2, You tell us to forget not Your law, but to let our hearts keep your commandments, that they may add days too our lives and give us peace.
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