They will have no fear of bad news: their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
Hearing bad news about someone or something else is what sells in the news broadcasting business. People want to hear about the negative things going on around the world. Only on rare occasions does good news make the headline news.
In the personal lives of most, people do not want to hear any bad news. They do not want to hear from their doctor that he has bad news for them. Very few people want to get a phone call containing bad news.
In both types of bad news people often get fearful. They are afraid of what might happen or will happen. Hearing the news makes people fear going places or other people. Hearing bad news personally makes one fear that things will change.
The psalmist points out that those who are righteous have no fear of any bad news. The simple reason is that they trust in God.
While living in this life, there will come days when every person will hear some bad news. There will be trouble and challenges in this life. However, the believer knows that God is in control and loves him.
If God is in control and loves a person, there is no reason to be afraid. Fear does not need to come about because one knows that God will not allow anything to happen that is not within His will.
Love will cast out all fear, strengthening a person. Love trusts that God will either remove the what is bad, protect the person or help the person walk through the bad situation.
The believer knows that he is secure in Jesus Christ, that there is nothing that the world can do to stop the salvation He provides. With that there is no fear.
As you go through your days, you will hear or see bad news. Some of it will be impersonal, while other news will be very personal. When you hear the bad news, focus your eyes and thoughts on God, rather than the bad news.
Know what Jesus has done for you and what He will continue to do for you. Know the tremendous love God has for you. Then allow God to remove all fear that may arise in your heart.
Trust that God knows what He is doing and what is best for you. Stand strong and true in Christ Jesus with no fear.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that God will fill you with His presence; that God will remove all fear in your life; and that you will know God is in control of everything.