Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away. Psalm 37:1-2
David points out the obvious end to those who commit evil: they’ll fade into oblivion. The masterminds of evil – the bin Ladens, Hitlers, Stalins, Pol Pots – they will be used as a reminder of what not to do or what not to become, but the majority will fade away.
While most of us will never ever meet those who commit such atrocities, we do encounter those who are ungodly and vile. Our instructions are simple: don’t worry.
- Don’t worry about the asinine legislation politicians sometimes write: pray for them instead.
- Don’t worry about your neighborhood going down the tubes because of increased crime: form a neighborhood watch instead.
- Don’t worry about what your co-workers are saying about you behind your back: just don’t be the gossiper talking about someone behind their back.
There are lots of things in this life to worry about. Actually, the New Testament helps us with that: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” Matthew 6:34