Do not fret
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil.
I’m a fretter/worrier. I’m also quick to anger. Both of these are dangerous things that could lead to sin. I’m sure most of you already know about the anger one, because when one is angry, one often says/does stupid things they will regret when they’ve calmed down. I experienced this first hand when the weekend of my birthday, and I’ll spare you of the nasty details (yelling, cussing, not pretty). But when we worry, one, we’re saying that we don’t trust in God’s timings and ways, and two, we will often do stupid things (which we think are beneficial at first) to make those worries go away. Again, what I experienced the weekend of my birthday was an indirect result of me worrying things won’t happen, and now, things certainly aren’t happening after I’ve ruined it. :(
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.
For me, it’s hard to be still and wait, because when I want something, I want it now. Yes, I have a bad case of instant gratification syndrome, but that doesn’t mean I should allow my impatience to control me. It’s especially hard when I see other nonbelievers achieving their dreams and goals with their own doing, which makes me think: if they can do it, why can’t I? But that’s not what God tells us to do. He tells us to wait for him and to not fret. To be still before Him and patiently wait for His perfect timing. Why? Because:
Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
This is one of my favorite verses in the bible. God will give us what we want. Our dreams, our hopes, our goals, anything we want. We don’t need to toil our butts off for it and risk ruining it, we just need to take delight in God, and He’ll take care of the rest. It’s just like when we please our earthly parents and them giving us what we want in return. If our parents on earth are willing to do that for us, how much more our Father in heaven.