This can either be welcome and good or unwelcome and devastating – items of significance may have long-term repercussions, affecting either
or other people.
The gospel is the greatest news of all – don’t keep it a secret
preach the good news to the poor…” (Lk 4:18). This good news is the ‘gospel of salvation’ for fallen, guilty, condemned humanity, available through Jesus and the grace of the Kingdom of God (Mt 9:35; Lk 4:43; Jn 3:15-18; Act 8:35; Rom 5:8). Paul wrote, “It is good news that you are now walking with God” (1 Thes 3:6).
Job had lots of bad news all at once, yet he acknowledged God’s sovereignty and even in the heartache and suffering he still trusted in the
goodness, mercy and love of God (Job 1:14-22, 2:10). What is my reaction to unfavourable news? Do I believe God is fully in control and
provided I am walking uprightly, He will only permit what is ultimately for my good. Even though I may not always be protected from troubles
He will help and comfort me in
them and so “I will bless the Lord at all times” (Ps 34:1; Rom 8:28; 2 Cor 1:4; 1 Thes 5:18).
We should empathize with others when sharing in their news – “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Rom 12:15).
Increasingly there is bias and distortion to much of the news we are bombarded with. Generally as the media organisations have their own agendas and seldom report on the true facts, but are selective in their coverage it is wise to have input from several sources to gain a balanced perspective.