The Bible was not written to teach psychology. But, the Bible is psychologically sound and correct.
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 deeply. It is also a known fact that anxiety can lead to depression.
From wisdom that came 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 and insight, described people whose anxiety is coupled with fear or worry – which as I mentioned earlier, 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,” either “oppressed” or “depressed.” And, when this happens, it is normal and natural to look for encouragement and support. How tragic if no one was there to help us or share a “kind word to cheer us up” and “lift the weight.”
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, also like us, 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 around us who need Your love and kindness and offer them hope. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.