Bad news

“The righteous will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” (Psalm 112:7)

We would all like to sail through life with hardly a care. But the news cannot always be good; sooner or later illness, miscarriage, bereavement or some other everyday catastrophe is inevitable. So how does one cope with bad news?

What parent doesn’t fear the loss of a child? What woman doesn’t dread the finding of a lump in the breast? When something like that happens, suddenly your life is changed for ever – and not for the better. Not only is your peace of mind shattered, but also your expectations; whatever the future holds, it won’t be what you had hoped and planned for.

This is when we discover how deeply rooted we are, how solid our foundations are. We can’t always depend on other people, or even on ourselves. But Jesus promised that those who are in the habit of obeying Him will be able to cope with anything that life may throw against us (Matthew 7:24,25). Bad stuff still happens to us; but if we know that He is with us, walking alongside us, then we can face it with relative equanimity. “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

Don’t get me wrong. Faith in God doesn’t make the bad news any less bad. But it reduces the fear.

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