How do you react when you receive bad news? This past week I was in the home stretch of finishing an average day at work when several items of bad news reared their heads. A machine jammed, my area was about to get clogged, my workload was increasing, I had to be in early the next day.
To say the least, it put me in a funk. I think bad news tends to do that to everyone. But from a Christian perspective, how should I react to bad news?
Well, “ironically”, I was reading Psalm 112 this week and was struck by the timeliness of vs. 7-8. In context, the Psalm is extolling the blessedness of one who “fears the LORD” and showing the strong characteristics of such a one. Then comes those two verses:
“He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.”
I was reading that the morning after my bad afternoon and I had to smirk. Not afraid of bad news? How? Because he trusts in the Lord. His heart is firm and steady. It seems that behind all the strong traits mentioned about such a person is a quiet confidence. It doesn’t matter how dire a situation becomes, the one who fears the Lord can remain immovable and have such a confidence that God will take care of the circumstance and defeat the person’s “adversaries.”
So, do you have that quiet confidence? Personally I think I need to work on remembering that no matter what bad news falls on me, I can rest on Jesus and not be afraid.