Bad News

Bad News

Written by Bryan Holmes

How do you handle disappointment or bad news when it comes your way? In life, there are multiple moments when things just don’t end up your way…and some moments when you hear news that shakes you to the core. I know in my own life, there have been times of disappointment. Sometimes, frustration bursts through the surface and I lash out in anger towards the situation. Other times, I am able to keep my calm. One of the earlier lessons that I learned through the story of our daughter Kaydence was found in the story of Job. In the first chapter, you find Job’s world crashing down upon him all at once in verses 13-19. Job had just received 4 pieces of horrible news that ended with his children all being killed at the same time. Imagine the horror that was going through the mind of Job in the moments he was receiving this news from his servants. What happened next is a great lesson we can all learn in this life. Look at Job’s reaction:

“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”  (Job 1:20-22) 

After hearing the terrible news, Job tore his robe and shaved his head- as a sign of mourning. But then, he fell to the ground in worship. Do you ever think about falling to the ground in worship after you have heard some bad news or entered into a moment of disappointment? It certainly isn’t always my first reaction, but it was what Job did. It certainly is easy to fall to the ground in worship when God does something good for you. It certainly is also easy to fall to the ground in worship when you are on a mountaintop and sensing His presence real close. But when things are not going your way, do you also take the time to fall to the ground in worship there? Living out this Christian life often times isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. Life’s disappointments are all around us, and there are many times that it takes all the strength you have just to continue. If in those moments, you raise your head to the heavens or fall to the ground and give God praise…I believe He blesses those moments. There will be many more opportunities in life to practice this great lesson…what will you choose to do?