Fearing the worst - Hope 103.2

Fearing the worst

Read Psalm 112:7 7           They do not fear bad news;                  they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. (NLT) None of us really knows what each day might bring. In many cases, good and not-so-good things will happen, and which will outweigh […]

By David ReayMonday 2 Jul 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Psalm 112:7

7           They do not fear bad news;
                 they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. (NLT)

None of us really knows what each day might bring. In many cases, good and not-so-good things will happen, and which will outweigh the others will vary. But there are some whose temperament and background push them into expecting bad news. Yesterday might have been OK, some good things might happen today, but tomorrow is sure to bring bad news. And if it doesn’t, then there is always the day after that to fear.

The psalmist provides some sort of antidote to that. It is interesting that he does not blithely say that no bad news will come. The Psalms themselves are full of lament for things going wrong and others doing bad things to us. Rather the focus is on the fact that whatever happens we can rely on the Lord to care for us.

Ultimately, the essence of our faith is not that bad things won’t happen, but that a good God will see us through them. The bottom line of my trusting God is that he will care for me no matter what happens. Trying to cocoon ourselves into some danger or threat-free zone is futile. We can’t control life to the extent that we can insure ourselves against hardship or pain. That is the way of anxiety and fear.

Overcoming fear of bad news is not about wishful thinking that such news won’t come, or demanding that they don’t come. It is about trusting that however bad the news might be, our good God holds tightly to us. A reminder that our faith does not rest on the absence of trouble but on the presence of God.

Blessings
David Reay