Every Day with Him

Day 205

Proverbs 12:25

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

When I think of weight, I think of heaviness..a burden…something that can keep you moving slower and keep you down…

And isn’t that just what worry does?

Worry can be like chains around our neck…or wearing a lead jacket….or walking uphill with a 75 lb backpack. When we have that extra weight, we can hardly think of anything else. That heaviness is overpowering anything else that we are trying to do. All we can think of is getting rid of the weight or just giving up and sitting down.

Worry can cause a person to give up..slow down..stop pursuing their life’s dreams..etc..

Not that a person can’t go on or be a functioning person…but it makes the journey more laborsome…

One verse in particular that I love is this:

(NIT) Matthew 6:31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God£ above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Christ specifically instructs us Not to worry…saying that it’s a trait of unbelievers allowing worry to dominate them.

I love the second half of this verse that gives the “answer” to combating worry…..simply giving “an encouraging word” to help cheer the person up! How simple….how profound! When trying to help someone overcome worry, we often think we need to do something, take something, cook something…but sometimes a person weighted down with worry may simply need an encouraging word.

I am guilty of worrying, I must confess. Most of my friends confess to worrying as well, no matter that we are fully devoted Christians, knowing and claiming Matthew 6:31. But oh the joy of feeling the weight lifted from our shoulders when we are given an encouraging word and gentle reminder that God is mindful of the flowers in the field and the smallest of birds falling from their nests.

I pray that today I would be that person to offer that encouraging word to one of my worry wart friends. And as for my own vise of worrying about things that God already has under control….shame on me! I pray that those thoughts of worry that crowd my mind, mostly during the night, would be flooded with scripture reminding me of God’s provision, of God’s love for me and His desire that I would rest in His promise.

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