Reading through the Bible together
None of us likes to receive bad news. But let me ask you a question? What would you prefer—good news that is a lie or bad news that is the truth? King Zedekiah received bad news from the prophet Jeremiah. The armies of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, would destroy Jerusalem, and the king would be taken captive.
Jesus also gave bad news to His followers: “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. (John 16:1-2, NKJV).
Why does the Lord give such bad news to His people? The answer is simple—He wants us to prepare for the difficult times ahead. The best preparation for hardship or persecution is a personal relationship with God. Jesus told His followers, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NKJV).
No wonder the apostle Paul could give this joyful testimony: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39, NKJV)
“Lord, thank You today that You will be with me in the midst of my trials, and that nothing can separate me from Your love. Amen.”
Derek J. Morris