He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” ~ Mark 16:15
Have you ever found yourself waiting to hear back from someone? Maybe it was for a job application, or maybe you’re waiting for the response of a friend to a text or email. Maybe you have a family member in a place where a natural disaster has recently occurred. And I’m sure that, at least once, during all this waiting, someone has told you, “No news is good news.”
And sometimes it’s true; sometimes it’s not.
In my current job as a communications manager, no news usually is good news. If things are going well, then I don’t hear about it – we live in a society where people expect the flow of information to be nonstop. If I’m keeping up with everything, they’re happy and they don’t say anything. However, the moment something goes wrong or I miss something – look out! I’ll hear about it almost immediately. And while the feedback is helpful, because it means people are paying attention; it can be discouraging, because it tends to all be negative.
I think we sometimes take the same approach with God. We assume that as long as we’re cruising along and don’t hear anything major from Him, we’re good. But I think many of us fear that when we do hear from him, it will be correction. Something tough or painful. We seem to miss the fact that Jesus IS good news! And He doesn’t want us to sit around and wait for bad news to hit – He wants us to share the message with everyone we hear. And with that, don’t stop sharing. We aren’t supposed to tell people the good news and leave them there – we’re supposed to make disciples of them. Which tells me that God’s priority is maintaining a close relationship with each and everyone one of His followers. He wants to be in constant communication with us, sharing all of our lives with us.
So don’t wait when it comes to hearing from God. Sit down and talk with Him today.