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Work, Rest, and Pray

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Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Psalm 37:7

Bible commentators point out that being still in the Lord’s presence is about more than simply not moving. They say it’s about silencing the tongue from all murmuring and complaint. It means to be resigned, content in Him. That doesn’t mean you can’t ask Him to act, but it does mean there should be times when you meet with Him without making requests.

The real test comes when evil people appear to prosper. Shouldn’t a Christian fret then? Doesn’t God call Christians to speak for the voiceless? Indeed, He does, but not always. Solomon said this in Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 7, “For everything there is a season….a time to be quiet and a time to speak.” If you’re always speaking, or if you’re always quiet, you haven’t found the proper balance.

Either way, today’s verse says don’t worry about evil people. Instead, wait patiently for the Lord to act. That looks different in every circumstance, but isn’t it nice to know that the success of His kingdom doesn’t rest in your hands? Neither does toppling evil. You’re called to work, rest and pray—always trusting in Him.

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