8 January 2020
 
Facing bad news (2)
 
He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112: 7
 
Bad news, of course, may not be true. Whether it comes in the news media or from private sources, discernment is needed. The Bible defines Satan as a deceiver, a liar … the father of all lies and the lie which disturbs us may simply be part of the devil’s evil scheming.
 
If God allows us to discern the lie quickly there is no problem. But if we have to carry the burden of bad news for any length of time, believing it to be true, then we must carry it prayerfully. We need to learn to leave what is troubling us in God’s hands, resting the full weight of its consequences on him, trusting that he will intervene in the right way and at the right time.
 
The enemy wants us to lose the peace, joy, love and selfcontrol that Jesus has given us. We have three powerful weapons to protect us from our enemy: the word of God, prayer and praise and we must not allow the enemy to rob us of God’s blessings. He is our strength, so let us resist Satan’s strategies.
 
Prayer: Father, teach us how to rest in you and help us to learn how to remain firm and confident. Work in us and in our problems and may our victory be in you alone.
 
Read: Romans 8: 28–39.
 
MIE