Citizens of heaven

26 Jan

If your emotions are tied to what leaders pronounce in DC then you may be frustrated and angry.
As believers, we belong to Christ, a fact that overshadows day-to-day circumstances. We are citizens of heaven, our eternal home. (Phil. 3:20)
Hebrews 11:13 talks about those who lived by faith, admitting that they “were aliens and strangers on earth.”
We are strangers here.
So, what do we do?
Psalm 37 is a blueprint on how to respond to times such as these.
The command ‘do not fret’ appears three times in the first eight verses.
“Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;” verse 1
“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.” verses 7-8

Instead of fretting, David says to:
“Trust in the LORD and do good;” verse 3a
“Delight yourself in the LORD…” verse 4a
“Commit your way to the LORD…” verse 5a
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;” verse 7a

We can fret and be full of anger or wait on the Lord and keep His way by focusing on Him.
We can be joyful because we are secure in Christ.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Phil. 4:4

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