The Four “F’s” of the Christian Faith
Ps 37:1-7; 39-40
1 Do not fret because of evil men 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.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 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.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
Opening Illustration: “The Draft”
It used to be that when a young man reached 18 years of age, he would have to register for the draft. I remember going to my local draft board. After filling out the proper forms, I received my classification: 1A! Some years later, after I was married, it was changed to 3A. If one was beset with some mental or physical disability, the classification was 4F, which meant that this person was excused from serving in the armed forces.
My mother-in-law was the company nurse at a firm I was employed with several years ago. She told me about a humorous incident regarding a job application form. There was a place on the form for the applicant to indicate his marital status. The applicant had written, “4F.” Either he read the requested information too fast or he really did feel that he didn’t qualify as a husband.
While being classified 4F would have kept one out of the service of our country, the very opposite is true with regard to the Lord’s army. And that brings me to the sermon for today: The “Four F’s” of the Christian Faith.
1. Fret Not
Psalm 37:1: “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong…”
This whole Psalm shows the happy state of the godly and the short-lived prosperity of the wicked. It can be summed up in the following: “Don’t fume; don’t worry about the other guy; God is the righteous Judge. He will have the last say. Don’t worry.”
Worry never solved a problem
Worry never paid a debt
Worry never alleviated a pain
Worry never made an enemy a friend
Worry never turned a wrong into a right
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble—sometimes the troubles of tomorrow—which may never arrive anyway!
The worry cow could have lived ‘til now,
If she only had saved her breath;
She feared the hay wouldn’t last all day,
So she choked herself to death.
Dr. G.C. Robinson of John Hopkins Hospital said, “Personal worry is one of the principle causes of physical ailments which send people to hospitals.” He found that out of 174 patients, 140 were worrying patients. 115 had worries directly related to their physical ailments.