Watching the news on TV can be depressing – I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Most news broadcasts concentrate on everything that is wrong in the world. If an alien landed on our planet and the first thing they did was to listen to the news they would quickly conclude that this isn’t such a good place to be.
But is everything really as bad as the news broadcasters want us to believe or there more to this story? Is it about what sells the most minutes? What brings in the most revenue? I suspect the news is driven, at least in part, not by the news itself but by the bottom line.
I find myself listening less and less to news broadcasts. Not only because of the bias of the announcers, but because I’d rather be happy than sad! It’s a choice and I choose the positive over the negative.
The question is: Where’s the GOOD News?
The answer is that there’s a lot of good news in the world – sometimes you have to search for it but it’s there.
The rest of the answer for the Christian is that the best news is in God’s Word. Here are a few samples:
-God is still in control. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Psalm 33:11
-You are on God’s heart. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. Psalm 34:15
-We have peace. Therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
-We have hope. Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2
-You don’t have to pay for your sin. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12
-The problems of today are nothing compared to what is coming. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
-A better day is coming. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4
-You are loved. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. 1 John 3:14
Think about all of the good news that we have as children of God. The actual list is much longer. The point is, don’t be jaded by the news that you get from the television, newspaper or internet – the news from the world isn’t so good, but the news from God’s Word is great!
Stay in the Word