A Good News Heart in a Bad News World

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Surely the righteous will never be shaken;

they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure; they will have no fear. Psalm 112:6-8 (NIV)

Dear heavenly Father, how can we not be attracted to the heart reflected in this Psalm—a steadfast heart beating within a circumstance-tested body? Oh to enjoy a fearless calm when surrounded by challenging people, threatening events, and unknown outcomes.

By the truth and power of the gospel, make that our heart, Father. Grant us Good News hearts in a bad news world. Free us to trust more and fret less, pray more and stew less, worship more and worry less. You’ve made us righteous in Christ; now make us less shakable when shaky things are going on.

We’re not asking to become oblivious or impervious to things that should concern us. Just make us less knee-jerk reactionary, and more accepting that you’ve “got this one” and everything else well in hand.

Help us accept bad news (or shocking, disappointing, anger-fueling, joy-depleting news), not with a shrug of our shoulders, but with a bend in our knees—not with passive resignation, but with active surrender to the God who does all things well.

Thank you that Romans 8:28 is always applicable. When we don’t have answers or control, we always have the privilege of asking, “Father, what good are you going to bring out of this very situation?” Thank you, and show us. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.

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