Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret – it leads only to evil. For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. Psalm 37: 8-9
The paired admonitions of this psalm contain a lot of good advice. I’m not so sure about the promised rewards. At least, not if we’re expecting “God” in the form of some metaphysical being on a white charger to run in and hand us goodies.
That doesn’t mean that what the writer had to say doesn’t have something to say to us today.
Anger and wrath can indeed lead to evil. They can make us lose perspective. They can cause us to try to right one wrong with another. They can fool us into thinking that the ends justify the means. None of those things are true.
That doesn’t mean that we can sit passively by. If we want to “inherit” the land, we have to be willing to accept an active role in the creation of a society and world that will indeed “cut off the wicked.”
Are we prepared to that?
Are we prepared to do it … today?