February 18 Trouble All Around

Image by Kevin Carden

Image by Kevin Carden

Leviticus 6:1-7:27;  Mark 3:7-30;  Psalm 37:1-11;  Proverbs 10:3-4

“Do not fret because of evil men or

be envious of those who do wrong;

for like grass they will soon wither,

like green plants they will soon

die away.

* * * * *

Trust in the Lord and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy

safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the Lord

and he will give you the desires

of your heart.

* * * * *

Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine

like the dawn,

the justice of your cause like

the noonday sun.

* * * * *

Be still before the Lord and wait

patiently for him;

do not fret when men succeed in

their ways,

when they carry out their wicked

schemes.

* * * * *

Refrain from anger and turn

from wrath;

do not fret–it leads only

to evil.

For evil men will be cut off,

but those who hope in the Lord

will inherit the land.

A little while, and the wicked will

be no more;

though you look for them,

they will not be found.

But the meek will inherit the land

and enjoy great peace.”

Psalm 37:1-11

* * * * *

Trouble all around

but peace is close at hand

for those who trust in

the Lord.

Don’t worry

when evil brushes up

against your legs

and threatens

to drag you down.

The Lord

is by your side,

His righteousness

drapes

over you

with His victorious

strength and power.

You are safe

in Him.

Lord God, we hear about, read about, see with our own eyes really bad things happening in this world.   It’s scary and can be quite depressing.  We’re tempted to worry and then take things into our own hands instead of waiting for You and your direction.  Lord, forgive our fretting and fearing.  Help us to remember that the victory you won on the Cross, is the same victory over all the badness that we see in the world today.  By your Spirit, motivate us to trust in you with all our hearts and to share with others the hope that we have within us.  For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

“THE LORD DOES NOT LET THE RIGHTEOUS GO HUNGRY BUT HE THWARTS THE CRAVING OF THE WICKED.”

Proverbs 10:3

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