Do not fret because of those who are evil, or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord an do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight 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 righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37: 1-5)
The literal meaning of this verse is ‘Roll your way onto Jehovah and trust upon him, and he works.” This brings to our attention the immediacy of God’s action once we commit, or “roll” burdents of any kind from our hands into His. Whether our burden is sorrow, difficulty, physical need or concern over salvation of a loved one, “He works.”
When does He work? He works “now“. We act as if God does not immediately accept our trust in him, thereby delays accomplishing what we ask him to do. We fail to understand that “He works” as we commit.
Our expectation that He will work is the very thing enabling the Holy Spirit to accomplish what we have “rolled” onto Him. At that point it is out of our grasp, and we are not to try to do it ourselves. “He works!” Take comfort in this and do not try to pick it up again. What a relief there is in knowing He really is at work on our difficulty.
And when someone says, “But I don’t see any results”, pay him no attention. (adapted from Streams in the Desert)
He works now! God’s plan is in the works, and He is already at the end. Trust, walk by faith, and do not worry. Trust in the Lord and enjoy the safe pasture, enjoy the journey- you’re walking with Jesus.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
From Jesus Calling, “I love you regardless of how well you are performing. I love you with an everlasting love that flows out from eternity without limits or conditions. Bring your performance anxiety to me and receive in its place My unfailing Love. Try to stay conscious of the Living Presence with you in all that you do, and I will direct your steps.”