The bad reports have come. Now what do I do, and what is my response?
When the bad reports come, it takes me by surprise and causes an emotional earthquake, putting cracks in my hopes and dreams and trying to shake the foundation of faith in my heart. I’ve cried and questioned. And cried and questioned some more. Disappointed by the bad news I’ve received.
Have you received some bad news and been disappointed, too? Have you been given a bad report like “you look like a train wreck” or worse? That doctor’s report of being told you have endometriosis (stage 4), or cancer and there is no cure? Or told you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), you’re infertile, have a heart disease, you have to get a hysterectomy, or a loved one died, or a spouse hasn’t been faithful? Bad news that you’re fired or laid off from a job you’ve been at for 20 plus years? The list of bad reports goes on and on.
Bad reports will continue to come from the news, from the doctors, from family members and other sources. But then I hear this Bible verse encouraging us,
“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.” (Psalm 112:6-7 NIV).
The Lord gives good reports. His plans for us are good. His goodness follows us. We will taste and see that He is good. He will satisfy us with good things. He will not withhold any good thing from those that are upright.
His report is “No weapon formed against you will prosper” (Isaiah 54:17). His report is, “I will deliver you out of all your afflictions” (Psalm 34:19). His report is, “I’m a Healer, and I work miracles.” The Lord comes with a good report over you and me.
My Granny always told me, “There’s two sides to every story.” I’ve heard some say, “There’s three sides to every story.” Whichever one, the point is, there is another view. Yes, there will be bad reports, but then there’s another side—the Lord’s report.
P.S. This is an excerpt is from my book Dear Woman: Get Well Letters of Hope. Inside the devotional are fifty-two letters of hope and each one will brighten your journey with a light a hope to get up and go! If you’re looking for comfort for your soul, encouragement for your heart, and inspiration for your mind then this book is for you, Dear Woman 🙂