Bad news comes to us all, it takes many shapes and disguises. Sometimes it is our fears realised, something we dreaded happening now happening. Sometimes it is unexpected , just like we sometimes get expected good news, so also we get unexpected bad news. It may be directly about us, or in a more indirect way our loved ones, but bad news all the same! How do we react? How do we cope? What do we do? Do we confidently trust the Lord to care for us?
That’s the thing about bad news, it catches us out. The things we were relying on, the security we thought we had, the plans we had can all be shaken. What now? Where now? It is the uncertainty of the future and what it means for that.
The Psalmist here in Psalm 112:7 speaks of those who receive bad news.
“They do not fear bad news.
they confidently trust the Lord”
So then their hopes, dreams, confidence, trust are not in those things of themselves, but on the Lord. Meaning that it doesn’t matter whether those things come about or not, they are still secure because they are trusting in the Lord. The Lord is bigger and beyond those things.
So where do I place my trust?
Like most people I go along with life and trust that we will have work which will pay for a home and make us comfortable. But I have really had to reevaluate these things and where I find my security. I like security, I like things to stay the same, but if my security is shaken, the things I had assumed in life taken away then what? Every time now I read a promise in the scriptures, I have to take a step back and ask myself do I really believe that? “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want”, do I believe that? Am I really able to trust God with these things?
Time to really put faith into action.
Time to really take God at His Word.
Time to really put my confidence for security in the Lord.
Secure that He will never fail , secure that He will never forsake, secure that He is sovereign and will work all things out, secure in the knowledge that He has me in His hands, secure in His love.
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
YET I will rejoice in the Lord;
I WILL take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.