Bad News is Everywhere, but the King is Coming!
- Wednesday, April 16, 2008
"Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).
"Bad news!" We hear it continuously. The economic crisis, the crime rate, the frightening weather conditions, presidential elections, the problems with cancer and heart disease, the increase of gas prices and the cost of living, crime in the cities and shootings in the schools, drought conditions, tornadoes and earthquakes, murders - all bad news! Does anyone on Planet Earth have any good news?
God's Word tells us in Psalms 112 that we are not to fear bad news, but what do we do with everything we hear? Tuck it away in our subconscious? Hope that we will wake and find it nothing more than a bad dream? Should we get gloomy, discouraged, and helpless like those who are without hope? No!
There is good news even if the days are getting darker. The King is coming! All of this bad news will one day cease. Our King is coming soon! And He will turn everything around for our good and His glory. This should be a time where we really begin to live victoriously for Jesus. It's true -- it certainly does look like evil is winning out. But don't forget the unshakable truth is that Our God Reigns! He has already won the battle at the Cross. Satan is a defeated foe, and we are on the winning side in spite of how things may look. Let's look at the promise in Psalms 112:6-8 for those who walk in righteousness and trust in the Lord:
"Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes."
Last year my husband and I went for a free vision exam. The advertisement said the doctors were skilled with extensive experience in advanced diagnostic equipment, the procedure rooms were specially designed for optimal results, the technology used was the best, with complete follow-up care, and affordable prices! We had thought we were going for a normal eye exam only to discover that the doctor was examining us for laser surgery. Because of the fancy advertisement, the place was packed with people wanting to improve their vision through laser surgery.
While we were waiting, I noticed a group of patients gathered around a big window intently watching something very interesting in the next room. I walked over and to my surprise they were watching a live laser surgery being done on one of the patients! It took only about ten minutes to complete this surgery that provided a vast improvement of one's vision, even with those who had been wearing bifocal glasses for years and years!
I was fascinated as I watched the doctor wash the eye with a solution and know exactly how to do what seemed like a simple surgery on the eye. I am sure it was much more complex than I imagined. Then he would wash the eye again, and I would see magnified a beautifully colored and designed eye so unique and carefully created by God. It was an amazing surgery that impressed me greatly.
God is doing eye surgery right now on the body of Christ. He wants us to see with His vision. He is a skilled physician with the very best equipment, and He has the greatest experience of anyone in the entire world! His technology is supernatural, and He provides daily follow-up and personal care. God wants to remove our short-sightedness and the cataracts that fog our vision. He wants us to see through eyes of faith what He can do in our cities and nations. He wants to put his own eye salve on our eyes so we can see brilliantly what is before us and how we are to pray and prepare for His second coming. Rhonda Hughey in her book Desperate for His Presence emphasizes our need for vision that comes from the heart of God:
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