When we are fretful our behavior seldom exhibits peace. We do not act as if we are formed to the image of Christ. Think about it: does Jesus ever fret?
To fret is to be anxious about the outcome. It is low-grade worry. Things won’t happen according to my timetable, my plan, my program. MY. MY way. This is a hidden way to say I want to be god. In charge. Doesn’t this smell sulfurous? Genesis 3, again.
Jesus does not fret because he knows the beginning from the end. There are no surprises coming his way. He knows his father’s plans and designs will come to pass. There is no doubt in him because he knows his father. Therefore, when we fret we are saying that in one particular area of our lives we do not know the Father. We are not confident in him to handle the situation aright.
Jesus does not fret because he is God, Lord of time and Lord of circumstances. He is at peace with the outcome.
The antidote to fretting is TRUST. Not in ourselves, but in God who is our ground, our source, our goal. That only comes from knowing Him. We are to know him as Jesus knows him. Since the veil has been torn, we can know him. Then our plans become yielded to his plans and His plans always succeed.
As we know the Father and are known, there is a continuing process of being formed in Jesus’ image. And that is nothing to fret about.