September 17, 2008
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
I've got good news, and I've got bad news.
The good news is for the last few years people in the U.S. have been buying their dream homes.
The bad news is many financial institutions relaxed their rules for people to get a loan and now, when those people can't pay, those lenders are in trouble.
The good news is that Wall Street views the government taking over some of those troubled lenders as being a good thing and stocks have gone up.
The bad news is . . . .
Well, you get the idea. Because things aren't always what they at first seemed to be, many of us listening to the news find ourselves getting more and more confused.
High oil prices made the development and marketing of bio fuels a lucrative reality. The utilization of crops like corn to make products like gasohol makes food prices go up. The creation of bio fuels helps the farmer but doesn't assist folks going to the grocery store.
This is why many stories can be reported: "I've got good news, and I've got bad news. And I'm not sure which is which."
I guess that's nothing new. When Eve looked on the forbidden fruit, it was pleasing to the eye: that's good news. Eating that fruit brought sin into the world: that's bad news. Even in Eden, our first ancestors didn't discern what was good and what wasn't.
This may explain why each of us needs to listen to the words as recorded in Proverbs. Why?
That's simple. We need to trust in God not in our own limited and near-sighted understanding.
Those who listen to the Lord will find they have found the one Person who consistently brings them good news. To save us from our sin God sent a Savior, and through His life, death, and resurrection, He replaced condemnation and damnation with the risen Christ's blood-bought salvation.
The Lord is the only one we can trust to always bring good news of great joy. It's something to remember tonight when you're watching TV's good-news and bad-news reports.
THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, for sending Your Son to bring light into this dark and confusing world, I give thanks. As puzzling and perplexing events swirl around me, may I trust in Your love as being the one constant that can be counted on. I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries