One Year Bible: I Samuel 18:1-19:24, John 8:31-59; Psalm 112:1-10; Proverbs 15:12-14
Bad News Immunity
He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
You’ve heard it said, “no news is good news.” The psalmist puts a different spin on that old bromide: There is no bad news! You see, for the one who “fears the Lord” and “takes delight in his commands” (Psalm 112:1), good things will happen and even bad things will be turned into blessings (Psalm 112:4). Furthermore, God will not only pour out blessings on the one who fears him, he even ensures prosperity to their posterity. (Psalm 112:2)
When you fear the Lord, you have nothing to fear! (Psalm 112:1,8)
Now I know what you are thinking: “No bad news for the believer—you gotta be kidding!” Yes, there is no such thing as bad news for the God-fearing, commandment-keeping believer. I realize that you could point to any number of faithful people in the Bible—Joseph, David, Daniel, Jeremiah, the disciples, Paul, even Jesus himself—and remind me that they indeed experienced bad news during their respective journeys on earth. And talk about bad news—what about Job? If you were to look up the definition of bad news in the dictionary, you would find Job’s picture there.!
I wholeheartedly agree with your point, but that is not what I am talking about. I didn’t say that the godly are immune to bad things, only to bad news. You see, when God is on your side, or perhaps more correctly, when you are on God’s side, no matter what, you win! And that’s good news. How so? God turns even bad things into good things for you, and while he is at it, he uses them to bring glory to himself as well. That’s what is promised to God-fearing, commandment-keeping believers in his Word. I love how John Newton, the notorious slave trader who was dramatically and profoundly converted to Christ, put it,
“We serve a gracious Master who knows how to overrule even our mistakes to His glory and our own advantage.”
Wow! No bad news for believers! If you doubt Newton’s theology, take a moment to, read Roman 8:28.
Now please don’t think I am promising a pain-free life. I am not; nor is God. What God is promising, however, is to use all the things that occur in your life for his purposes, and even use them as the very catalyst that will conform you to the image of his Son. From that perspective, what others consider bad news you can embrace as good news. So in a very real sense, you, dear God-fearing believer, are immune to bad news.
Now that’s what I call good news!
“He fulfills His promise in making our strength equal to our day;
and every new trial gives us new proof how happy it is
to be enabled to put our trust in Him.”