Intern Matthew Pillman

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7
Security breaches. Racial tensions. Sexual scandals. I have come to expect these to be in the headlines every morning when I wake up. I very quickly become discouraged and frustrated by all that is going on in the world around me. It’s bad news!
How do you respond when you hear bad news? Anger? Fear? Disappointment? It could be news about newfound cancer or an impending divorce. It could be a sports injury or the death of a loved one. There are many times in our lives when the whole world seems to be crumbling around us – bad news!
David, in the Bible, was very familiar with bad news. His life was hunted by King Saul. He was betrayed by his friends. He lost his own child because of his adultery. David records in Psalm 38, “there is no health in my bones because of my sin… my friends and companions stand aloof from my plague… those who seek my life lay their snares… my foes are vigorous, they are mighty…” (vv. 3,11,12,19)
Bad news will always be part of a broken, sinful world. God does not promise bad news to disappear for the Christian, but He does promise good news. Jesus says that he came to proclaim “good news”, “liberty”, and “the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19) Jesus promises forgiveness of sin and eternal life (Acts 26:18). The good news of a future in Christ gives us a new perspective on the bad news in the world around us. We do not need to be afraid of bad news! Our heart is firm! We trust the Lord!
Trusting the good news, Matthew