No One Likes to Receive Bad News

Sad Reporter

No one likes to receive bad news.

In the past week, we have received a number of reports that have caused distress, sadness, and imposition.

Our family was woken up at 2:23 am the other night as the loud and blaring house alarm signaled that we may be experiencing a burglary. Our security company sent an armed guard right away to check the perimeter of our home and check upon our safety in the middle of the night. Thankfully, nothing of concern was found. We do not know why the alarm was triggered. It’s always disconcerting though; to be woken up so suddenly and so jarringly out of a deep night’s sleep.

We received a phone call from a dear friend that her mother had passed away. She cried as she gave us her painful, heartwrenching news.

Another friend shared a frustrating work experience….

These are just a few personal reports that I can relay about our life in South Africa in the past few days. For all of us, we have something that has happened that invoked a level of distress, misery, interruption, unhappiness or even fear. Disturbing life events have the potential to unsettle us.

However, when unexpected events occur, we have a sure promise. As we endeavor to steady our hearts and our minds even in the midst of confusion and despair, we are blessed with the comforting presence of our God. He offers His peace, His grace and His security as we move through and work through our troubling situation.

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

His heart is secure; he will have no fear…. Psalm 112:7-8a NIV

Trusting our God and fixing our hearts and minds upon Him no matter what future challenges may come and no matter where future difficulties may come from establishes us, strengthens us, and secures us in our faith of God.

For some of us, when bad news surfaces; we may expect even more trouble, loss and hardship. We may feel powerless. We may believe that we have no ability to prevent the proverbial…one more thing from happening.

The truth of the matter is this; we cannot prevent bad news. We can not stop evil tidings. We can not halt the proverbial…one more thing from happening.

What can we do?

We can trust our Heavenly Father and our Sovereign LORD.

We can be resolute, steady and composed in our trust of Jehovah-Shammah; our God who is present with us.

We can be confident of the power, might and strength of El Shaddai; our God Almighty.

We can rest in the security of our Jehovah Shalom; the Lord is our Peace.

We can be sure of the care and healing of Jehovah Rapha; our Lord is our healer.

We can endure the uncertainty, the pain, the loss, and the struggle that any bad news or evil tiding may bring, because our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ did the same. Our Savior fixed his human heart, his human mind and his human strength upon his Heavenly Father. And His Father transformed the tragedy of the cross to hope, deliverance and eternal life. Life and victory were assured for all of mankind and for all of eternity the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

What was meant as bad news and evil tidings became the Good News, the Redeeming News, the Glorious News for us all.

Friends, I cannot prevent anything bad from happening to you or to me. In fact, if you read at Psalm 112:7-8a again, the Psalmist says

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

His heart is secure; he will have no fear. Psalm 112:7-8a NIV

Bad news and troubling reports will come. It’s how we respond to these difficult events that counts most. God’s promise is clear. Trusting in Him steadies us, secures us, and encourages us.

We do not need to fear. Our God is present. He establishes us in every kind of situation as we respond with trust and resolute determination.

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