May-June 2021 Newsletter

May-June 2021

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Pastors Page, by Ben McEachern, Lead Pastor 763.270.6410, BenM@NRF.Life

“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong…Trust in the LORD and do good…Take delight in the LORD…Commit your way to the LORD…Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him… Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it only leads to evil.” (From Psalm 37:1-8)

When David faced evil days he learned to focus on God and follow him by faith. He describes what this means for us in some concrete ways.

1. First, “Trust in the LORD and do good” . Another person’s evil never justifies an evil response. Keep doing good. Injustice cannot be cured by further injustice. Keep doing good. Trust God. 2. Second, “Take delight in the LORD” . The evil and brokenness of this world is not the whole truth. David’s Psalm that starts with a cry of feeling abandoned by God ends with “I will sing the LORD’S praise, for he has been good to me.” To delight in Him is to stay open to his joy in your heart. 3. Third, “Commit your way to the LORD” . He knows the challenge before you. He knows the way that’s right. In the end he will vindicate you. (Yeah, it takes a decision to believe it sometimes.) 4. Finally, “ Be still before the LORD and wait patiently” . Here is the real secret. David was not a passive guy, but he knew how to stop, look and listen. Sometimes the results are not simple to achieve, nor the objective accomplished on our timeline. Sometimes years of persistent, patient waiting is required. At all times, connecting with God in the stillness of our hearts and minds is the secret to overcoming. I appreciate this Psalm 37:1-8 today. It grounds me in the swirl of current events. It keeps my eyes on Jesus and prevents me from trying to take matters in my own hand with my own anger and frustration. It reminds me who I belong to and how committed to me he is. So, yes! I will trust Him, delight in him, commit my way to him and be still before him and wait patiently knowing he will lead and guide. Will you join me?

Somebody shared these verses with me today and they gave me the grounding I needed. So, I want to share them with you. The above verses would sound trite, naïve and a bit oblivious if I didn’t look to see who wrote them. If the author was one who never suffered and everything went his way, I’m reading this thinking, “Just wait. The real world is coming. What will happen to your pious platitudes then?” But the author of these words was not naïve and inexperienced. In fact, just the opposite, hewas onewho suffered grave injustices. He was pursued by those wanting to kill him. He spent several years on the run. He knew depression and disappointment. Elsewhere he wrote, “How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?” (Psalm 13:1) How can the same guy write both of those things and be honest? Maybe he wrote them because he was honest. The author is a guy named David. I believe it was in the experience where he felt like God didn’t care that he learned the importance of leaning into God. Psalm 37 isn’t naïve. It is David as an old man (v. 25) sharing what he learned about successfully navigating evil days. David succeeded where so many failed because he resisted the twin temptations to either become a self- righteous ball of anger over the injustices, or envy the apparent success of cutting moral corners.

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