Posted by: kathryngraves | June 19, 2012

The Bad News Bear

“The righteous will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Ps. 112:6-7

Everyone knows, in theory at least, that one phone call or one doctor visit can change your life.

It sometimes seems as if bad news lurks around every corner, waiting to pounce on us. I know an elderly woman who is in fantastic health. The only prescription medications she takes are for osteoporosis and mild high blood pressure. But she frequently puts herself through medical testing because she’s convinced she’s a candidate for diabetes, stroke, cancer, or heart attack. Her family believes her high blood pressure may be, at least in part, due to her worries about a possible health crisis. She is a tiny person who eats lots of fresh vegetables and plenty of fiber. She should be able to relax and enjoy her senior years. Instead, she is held captive by her fear of disease.

I also know a young mother who imagines all sorts of bad things that could happen to her children. She is so consumed by worry that she doesn’t let them do a lot of “normal” kid activities.

These two women are both Christians. But they fail to grasp the truth of these verses. Those of us who have suffered real calamity understand why we don’t have to fear bad news. It doesn’t run around loose. It is always in a harness, held by the hand of God. If it pounces on us, He will hold it in check and keep it from mauling us to death. In His other hand, God holds a first-aid kit. Even as we go into shock, He’s right beside us, holding us up and treating our wounds.

There is solid truth in God’s name–Jehovah Rapha. The God Who Heals. Our Great Physician heals physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds. Let’s remind our hearts to be steadfast and trust in the Lord.




  1. Our Lord does harness it and He keeps us from being torn to shreds. Only His strength holds me and gives me hope

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