Fixating on Fair

1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! 2For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.  Psalm 37:1-3

Disappointed with life or yourself? Frustrated with seeing others who seem to have it easy in life? Tired of seeing the wicked person thrive?

When we fixate on our personal vision of “fair” it kills faith. David, the author of this Psalm knows the burden of fixating on “fair.”  He goes on to say,

7 …fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!  8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

When life doesn’t seem fair we will be drawn into comparisons with others. We can be drawn deeper into envy of those who do wrong and even of those who do better than we are doing. Then anger and entitlement will force-feed a root of bitterness. Its the death of faith. The fruit of of fixating on fair is a self-justification for evil, for anything that appears to remedy our situation and pain.

Instead of fixating on fair David says, we must “Trust the Lord, do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” We are to become a faith-full people through the grace of God available to us in Christ Jesus our Lord! He suffered the unfairness of life for our sake.


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