Day 41: Do Not Be Afraid of Bad News- What is your reaction when you first get some bad news? Do you get sick to your stomach, or tight in the chest or maybe you have to sit down cause you feel faint. Well, all of these are normal reactions to getting bad news depending on the degree of the news. But, what can help us not be afraid of getting bad news?
This scripture was quoted in the 2009 Watchtower article Psalms 112: 6, 7 "The righteous one...will not be afraid of bad news." This is an excerpt from that article: "Those whom God views as righteous cannot escape the effects of bad news, but it does not paralyze them with fear. Instead, their hearts are "steadfast" and "unshakable" as they look to the future with confidence, knowing that God's righteous new world is near. If disaster does strike, they are better able to cope with the situation because they rely on Jehovah for support.
He never allows his righteous ones "to totter"-he gives help and strength to endure.: (Phil. 4:13) end of quote.
Isn't that comforting to know that if we put first God's kingdom and his righteous he will never leave us in the lurch so to speak. We can confidently rely on him for help no matter what the circumstances.
Day 40: When All Suffering Will End- Knowing that the words found in the Bible are faithful and true gives me confidence that the promises like this one will come true very soon. I live each day waking up and looking forward to what I can share with someone about those coming promises. It gives me great joy knowing that I can make a difference in someones life and bring them the lasting peace and joy that I experience daily from the hope found in the Bible.
When you have true faith that things are going to get better and you don't have to die and go to heaven to see these changes, you feel like a huge load has been lifted off your mind. Learning the real purpose God created the earth and humans in the first place was to live forever in a beautiful paradise condition in perfect harmony with the animals and the earth makes complete since when you see all that is around us.
The great variety of plants and food made just for our enjoyment. The vast variety in landscapes all over the earth. The sea life and the flying creatures all in great variety with a great design in each one gives one real cause to meditate on these wonderful works.
Stop and really think about it, do you long to die and go to heaven or do you long to have good health and enjoy life and live as long as you can? That is because that is what we were made for to live forever in perfect health on this wonderful planet made just for us. That is the real life, everlasting life on a paradise earth. Will you live to see it?