Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 37:1, where we read these words:
"Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity."
It can be a real temptation for the people of God to be afraid of evildoers. This is especially the case when the wicked are "in our faces," and they are shameless in their bold support of godlessness. But faithful churchmen should not be scared of these people. "Workers of iniquity" are like play-ground bullies: all puffed-up, but full of nothing but hot air.
Worse than that (for them), they must face the judgment day without the benefit of atonement. Who could be "envious" of that? Instead of fearing evil-doers, let us fear the Lord. When we do that, no one and nothing else ap-pears formidable.
[Puritan quote of the day: "As there is in God [enough] to satisfy the whole soul, so trust carries the whole soul to God.” —Richard Sibbes, in, "The Soul's Conflict with Itself"]