Fresh Hope – 1st June 2017

A few days ago, I asked to see a young man. I sent the message via someone that knew him well, as I didn’t have a contact for him. My reason for seeing him was simply to ask him an important question.

It wasn’t many hours later that I was face-to-face with him, however I was concerned as to why he seemed really nervous. He immediately launched into the conversation by asking if he was in trouble or had done or said something wrong. It became obvious that he had been fearing the worst. It took me a few minutes to reassure him that is was merely an important question that I needed to ask him, and had no negative connotations aimed at him at all. He’d simply jumped to the conclusion that it must be bad news.

Interestingly, a couple of days later I had someone come and tell me that a couple wanted to come to my house to talk to myself and Gillian; I was now on the other side of being the slightly concerned and nervous one.

I was asking myself questions like…’why hadn’t they told me direct that they wanted to see us? Why the urgency? Why do they need to come to my home? What could possibly be so bad that they want to see us without warning?’

As I thought through any number of things that it could be, the very last thing on my list was that they could be bringing us good news.

As they arrived on the doorstep and were welcomed through to sit with us in the garden, it became apparent from their huge smiles that this was to be anything but bad news, in fact they were having their first baby, and wanted us to be among the first to know.

Throughout my life, I’ve come to realise how much time has been spent believing that I’m going to be on the receiving end of potential bad news that’s going to come my way. How many times have the kids been late coming home and I’ve believed the worst, or how many times has my phone rang late at night believing it to be bad news? It appears that we live in a world that has conditioned our minds to always think the worst.

One of God’s promises to you today is about this very thing…

Psalm 112:6-8 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered for ever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

If you are one of those people that wakes and lives in fear of what’s lurking around the corner every day, then you need to hold this promise close to your heart every day and begin to believe for the best.

That visitor that is about to arrive on your doorstep, may well be bringing to some wonderful news.

Stop fearing what may be, and start enjoying the goodness of our God.

His promise is to give you a steadfast heart everyday, if you’ll simply place your trust in Him.

Today…is a to be a good day.

Today…is to be a GOD day.

Pastor Mark

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