As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air… But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. — Ephesians 2:1-5
A farmer went to meet with his banker and announced that he had some bad news and some good news. “First, the bad news… I can’t make my mortgage payments. And that crop loan I’ve taken out for the past 10 years—I can’t pay that off, either. Not only that, I won’t be able to pay you the couple of hundred thousand I still have outstanding on my tractors and other equipment. So I’m going to have to give up the farm and turn it all over to you for whatever you can salvage out of it.”
After a few moments of silence, the banker said, “What’s the good news?”
“The good news is that I’m going to keep on banking with you.”
With so much bad news in the world today, it’s often true that the good news you receive does very little to make you feel better. Yet the greatest news of all, that which is found in Scripture, is the one piece of Good News that can counteract any bad news you’ll hear.
What is this Good News? It’s the simple fact that if you’re in Christ, He’s saved you. He’s brought you out of the depths of sin and despair and has raised you up to be alive with Him. That’s fantastic news!
So whenever you feel overwhelmed by bad news, remember that Christ died for you, and in Him, you have eternal life!
Thank God for the Good News that Christ has died for you and you can have eternal life through faith in Him!
Questions for thought
Are you feeling overwhelmed right now?
If so, what’s a promise from God you could claim to redirect your focus on Him and His goodness towards you?