Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. –Psalm 112:6-7
Ever dreaded picking up the phone, or reading your messages, or meeting with someone, because you just knew you were going to hear bad news?
If so, you’re not alone. You’re not alone because most of us have had those calls and messages and meetings. And once you’ve had a few of them–a defense can start to kick in as we try to protect ourselves from further pain.
But the Psalmist says the righteous (and if you’ve put your trust in Jesus–that’s you) will have no fear bad of news.
No fear of bad news? How can that be?
Well, here’s what it doesn’t mean … “No fear of bad news” doesn’t mean there won’t be any bad news. It’s not a “slap a smile on your face and pretend life is always filled with rainbows and butterflies” platitude. Instead …
It’s a promise.
It’s a promise that come what may — our hope — our future — is secure in Jesus.
And since we’re secure in him–in any kind of news–we don’t need to fear bad news.
Faith is never found in the denial of reality–it is found in the presence of a higher and greater reality.
Faith isn’t found in the absence of pain on this fallen planet–it’s found in the presence of his glorious Kingdom.
Faith isn’t the absence of bad news–it’s the presence of Good News. Good News that triumphs over all evil.
Really, it’s just Presence …
The Presence of the One who is ALWAYS good.
Sometimes life is hard. And sometimes this world is harsh — so very, very harsh. Sometimes you just need to cry — you need to cry over the injustice of what is but shouldn’t be — and of what isn’t but should be.
But in the midst of it all … he still is. He still is God. And he still is good. Yesterday, today, and forever–he is God and he is good. He WAS, he IS, and he FOREVER WILL BE with us, for us, and madly passionately head-over-heals in love with us.
That’s Good News.
And because the Good News is always present …
We never need to fear bad news.
Jesus, thank you for being the Good News that trumps all bad news –now and forevermore!