“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”
One of the hardest things to do when you know someone is doing something that is going to hurt what you are doing for the LORD is not to worry. The verse above says, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers…” The word “fret” is the same word we use for worry, feeling uneasy, being distressed, or overthinking a situation. God knows that the human inclination is to fret over the works of an evildoer. God is literally telling the believer that it’s going to be ok. He gives the believer several lines of instruction to help you when you are inclined to fret over the evildoer’s attacks.
First, realize they won’t last forever. Verse 2 says, “For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.” The evildoer may have their day, but their day will soon be gone. As long as you continue doing the works of truth, you will find that your works will outlast the works of the evildoer. Stop worrying about them destroying you because truth always prevails in the end.
Second, trust the LORD. Verse 3 says, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” How does the believer trust the LORD when the evildoer is trying to destroy or hurt them? God shows how to trust Him when He says, “…and do good…” In other words, you are supposed to keep on doing the good that you have always done. The best way to overcome the works of an evildoer is by continuing to do the good works that you have always done. The works of evildoers are discredited when you continue doing good in spite of their attacks.
Third, delight in the LORD. Verse 4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” In other words, don’t focus on what the evildoer is doing. Stop talking about what they are doing, and just keep doing the good you are supposed to do. My friend, don’t let the works of an evildoer live in your head; instead, fill your thoughts with the God whom you serve. If you will fill your thoughts with the greatness of God, you will not have room in your mind to dwell on the works of evildoers.
Fourth, commit your works to the LORD. Verse 5 says, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” There is only one way you are going to get the works of evildoers out of your head and that is by giving your problems to the LORD. I know there are going to be times when you need to decompress from the attacks and works of evildoers, but giving your problems to the LORD in prayer is the only way to decompress from these attacks.
Fifth, rest in the LORD. Verse 7 says, “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him…” When you are resting, you are not thinking about what is going on. When you dwell on the works of evildoers, you are adding unhealthy and unneeded stress to your life that will disappear if you will rest in the LORD. God is going to take care of you if you do right. Don’t worry about what the evildoer is doing; God will take care of you.
My friend, let me assure you by the authority of God’s Word that you are going to be ok. Don’t attack the evildoer; instead, trust the LORD and rest in Him by continuing to do what you are supposed to do. You will find that the LORD will take care of you, and you will be able to continue to further the LORD’s work if you will leave the evildoer up to God.