Good News; June 14, 2020


Proverbs 15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.

This verse rings true right now precisely because the converse is true: bad news tears us down. Last night a TV show had a psychologist on who was talking about “corona depression,” giving 10 signs of it and saying that if three or more applied to you, you probably had it. Several applied to depression in general, but the one that matched this verse was “an obsession with news about the corona virus.” Ignorance is not bliss, but focusing on negatives, no matter how true they might be, is destructive. This is where faith really comes into play. A person of faith and a person without real faith will respond to the same situation entirely differently. That’s because the person of faith has accepted the ultimate Good News of forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life in Christ Jesus. That gives them the emotional and spiritual health to meet any situation. Just before He was arrested, scourged, and crucified, Jesus said something very important to His disciples: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) He knew that the world was going to go completely dark for them as their humanistic dreams were torn apart, but He wanted them to have peace in spite of that, so He gave them the good news that He had already overcome the world. He was about to overcome death itself, but He knew they wouldn’t believe that until they saw it. When the world presses in on us, we too need to fix the eyes of our heart on the Good News of the Kingdom of God. Otherwise we allow the devil to steal our peace, kill our joy, and generally destroy our lives. (John 10:10) God wants us to be spiritually healthy, and for that we must focus on the Good News.

I tend to be something of a news junkie, but I have learned I must be careful as to my news sources, and above all to filter everything through the Holy Spirit. Cathy largely swore off of news after the two overloads of the 9/11 attack in the US and the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I have to relay some items to her that I feel she should be aware of, but I seek to be as positive as possible in doing that. Even I have to back off at times from the flood of information, because so much is sensationalized in a negative way. I’ve got to focus on good news in order to stay healthy! That said, events certainly seem to point to Revelation 12:12. The more the devil kicks up a fuss, the more I need to focus on the Lordship of Jesus Christ, knowing that whatever happens in the short term, the ultimate outcome will be glorious. That is the Good News I need to focus on in my own heart, and it is what I need to proclaim to those around me who are drowning in the sea of bad news.

Father, thank You for giving me this perspective. I see so few who have it! Help me be an agent of Your grace to them, letting Your truth flow through me in love so that they may be set free indeed from the many traps of the enemy, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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