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Fretting Against The Lord

Ezekiel 18:25: Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

Proverbs 19:3: The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

Matthew Henry*s Commentary on the whole Bible on Proverbs 19:3:

We have here two instances of men*s folly:

One. That they bring themselves into straits and troubles, and run themselves aground, and embarrass themselves: The foolishness of man perverts his way. Men meet with crosses and disappointments in their affairs, and things do not succeed as they expected and wished, and it is owing to themselves and their own folly; it is their own iniquity that corrects them.

Two. That when they have done so they lay the blame upon God, and their hearts fret against him, as if he had done them wrong, whereas really they wrong themselves. In fretting, we are enemies to our own peace, and become self-tormentors; in fretting against the Lord we affront him, his justice, goodness, and sovereignty; and it is very absurd to take occasion from the trouble which we pull upon our own heads by our wilfulness, or neglect, to quarrel with him, when we ought to blame ourselves, for it is our own doing.

For a believer, all fretting is against the Lord. One who frets excessively either believes that God is too weak to solve what he frets about or he believes that God does not care about him and what he frets about.

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