How To Handle Bad News

bad newsThe Bible says, “Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.  And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see…deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.” (2Ki 19:14-19)

Hezekiah was in a hopeless situation. An army of 185,000 soldiers was amassed against him, planning receiving bad newsto destroy him. But in answer to prayer, God sent an angel to wipe every one of them out. Sometimes bad news comes in the form of a letter, an e-mail or a telephone call. It can come as the sound of screeching tires and broken glass, a lump in your breast, a court date, or a pink slip at work. Bad news knows no class lines, gender or age. It comes to us all. So what should you do when you have a problem you can’t resolve or can’t escape? Do what Hezekiah did: take it to the Lord in prayer. Spread it out before Him. But go to Him first, not last. When you do that you honor Him as Lord of the situation and he will respond to you. God’s promise is: “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.” (Ps 91:15) What more do we need?

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