Good News, Bad News

Someone from the community called me the other day asking for prayer concerning some major tests and trials. This person is a believer, although not part of Highway. As I prayed for this person, I asked the Lord for a Scripture I could share. I remembered back to a difficult trial I had gone through, and the Scripture that God gave me at that time. “Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. 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; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes” (Psalm 112:6-8). What an amazing passage of Scripture! Let me share a few thoughts that stand out to me. First, there is a hidden strength for the godly. This “root system,” although invisible to others, keeps us standing when the winds shake our world. The Lord himself is our steadfast rock, immovable and firm! Second, I see in this Scripture that sometimes life brings “bad news.” We can’t escape the trials of life, but we don’t have to be defeated by them. The bad news has a way of entwining itself around our heart, creating obsessive worry. But the Lord is greater than our heart and knows how to enable us to live above crippling fear. “In the end he will look in triumph on his foes” (verse 8). Our foes of fear and anxiety are no match for the One who proclaims in the midst of the storm, “Peace, be still.” My prayer is that all of us, as God’s people, will learn to reach out to God in faith…sharing with Him all the worry that wants to come along with bad news. Commit yourself to the One who’s got you in His hands! And remember, the Good News of Jesus is always greater than the bad news of the world.

Pastor Mark Boucher