Consider Proverbs 12:25: “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” The writer does not profess to be a diagnostician but he certainly is insightful.
Recently a study on “anxiety disorders” concluded that 40 million Americans, or 18.1% of our population, are plagued with fears that, from time to time, trouble them. It is also a known fact that anxiety can lead to depression.
From wisdom that comes from God, Solomon made the same “diagnosis.” Notice that he said, “Anxiety weighs down the heart.” The words “weigh down” imply a state of depression. Our author, with God’s guidance, described people whose anxiety is coupled with fear or worry - which can lead to depression.
All of us, at one time or another, have had those moments when we feared that something horrible was about to overtake or destroy us. When those feelings came to the “surface” it was natural to feel “weighted down” or depressed. It is normal to look for encouragement and support when that happens. How tragic if no one was there to help us or share a “kind word to cheer us up.”
Notice, however, that Solomon was not talking to a behavioral health specialist. He was talking to people like us who have the ability to recognize the lonely, the sad, the worried, the anxious and depressed. Often people only need a “word” of grace, comfort, encouragement or...simply a smile to bring them hope, health and happiness.
Prayer: We thank You, Father, for giving us Your love to share with others. May we be alert to those in need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.