If we are walking in the providence of God, every report that comes our way can be viewed as, "It will all be good."
When my cell phone rang with the pathology report from my biopsy, the sweet voice on the other end of the line said, "I have good news for you! We found no cancerous or atypical cells. . . . You’ll need to return in six months for another mammogram, but right now everything looks good."
Good news. Isn't that what we all need? What the world is waiting for?
We have it. It isn’t a medical report or a prosperity message, but it's the truest kind: Jesus is risen! He is victorious over death, hell, and the grave!
"He is risen!" is the ultimate good news that trumps all other "good news" messages . . .
The phone call brought good news . . . and a heart check. If the news about my biopsy had been different, if it had been cancer, if it had been a life-threatening report . . . would I have reacted any differently?
Would I have called it a bad report?
Would my faith have been shaken?
When that day comes, when I receive my next "bad report"— will I still say, "It's all good!"
I can't say because I haven't walked that road yet, but I wonder . . . When that day comes, when I receive my next "bad report"—whether it be a family loss, a disappointment, a change of plans, a financial hit, or maybe a loved one's death . . . where will my heart be?
Will I still say, "It's all good!" knowing that the Father has all things under His control?
Will I still walk by faith?
Will I trust that He is at work, and because He is a good and faithful God, will I still confidently profess that He is working all things out for my good and His glory?
My prayer is that I will as sincerely praise Him in the disappointments and storms of life as I do in every good report that comes my way. Because in reality, if we are walking in the providence of God, every report that comes our way can be viewed as:
It will all be good!
Are you facing a dark storm today? Walking through loss and heartache? Can you say with me that because of His faithful character, on the authority of His unchanging Word, and in light of His sovereign purposes—it will all be good?