How to handle bad news has been a quest for me for years…till I heard this story.
My friend’s son had placed a beautiful bird feeder outside his window, hoping to enjoy the birds visiting from time to time.
But rather than visit, they formed their nest inside it. And then began a very odd routine—they woke up with loud singing at 3:30 in the morning.
Tired of being woken up at such hour, my friend’s son pulled out a whip which he kept from his days as an actor. And with one fast swish, he struck the whip on the concrete. The loud noise, resembling a gunshot sent the birds flying, never to come back again.
When bad news invades our day, some do the same as those birds—take off flying in emotional hysteria. Others, like me, are frozen, numb to the news.
But whatever groups we fall into, here are three things God instructs we do to maintain our peace and conquer the fear that bad news brings:
- When Christ lives in us we possess the righteousness that shields us from any bad news: “A righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news…” (Psalm 112:6b—7)
- Rather than trust in a doctor’s diagnosis, other’s opinions, test results, our heart is at peace because we trust in God’s promises. “His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” (Psalm 112:7b)
- The enemies of worry, uncertainty, pain or heartache lose their power because “His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.” (Psalm 112:8)
Father, how often in life I heard the whip of bad news that sent me into a tornado of terrifying fear. But I know that is not the sound of your voice, nor is it the determining factor of the peace that should fill my heart. I will not trust in what bad news life brings or others assert, but will rest assured in your promise of protection, of comfort and of triumph. In Jesus’s name, amen
- What bad news do you fear today?
- Which of God’s promises do you claim when facing bad news?
- How do you avoid the effects of bad news?
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