This web site is focused on gleaning a "gold nugget" from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the current day of the month. The idea was first proposed to me years ago. After trying it, I found myself seeing the scenarios described in proverbs in my daily living. The option for making wiser decisions was becoming more apparent. The Book of Wisdom has lived up to its billing. Proverbs should not be the entirety of your bible reading, but it can be a valuable part of your daily discipline.
Encouraged, Be it or Give It
Reading For Today: Proverb Chapter 12
Gold Nugget Verse 25:“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”
Worry and fear have a crippling effect. Often people can’t function because of the unknown. Whether it is because of failures of the past or fear of future failures, not knowing what will be the results of their efforts too often keep people effortless. Sometimes this is a result of being too concerned with what other people think. We’re afraid of what people will think of you if you fail. Will they think I am dumb, poor, ugly, etc? Many people avoid doing things that are actually in their ability to do, but choose to play it safe. In playing it “safe” they actually invite self-doubt and regret to take root in their heart. In this, their heart becomes heavier and heavier. As today’s “gold nugget” says,“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Although there are more than “too much concern for one’s own image” that causes this type of anxiety, losing confidence in one’s ability to accomplish goals will destroy the spirit and crush the heart either way. Just as anxiety will put you in a spiritual and mental cell, a good word can set you free. I believe we all have the ability to set each other free at times. If you really believe that you will take great pleasure in setting others free. We all have times when we get down, and we benefit from the encouragement of others. If you are the one that is down, take matters into your own hands, pull yourself up, step out in faith and walk away from fear. The Lord will take care of you and will keep you from destruction. If you are the one who sees someone down, take the initiative to encourage them. They may need to be told how smart they are, how beautiful/handsome they are or just an overall vote of confidence in them when they don’t have it for themselves. Remember what Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
Lord, sometimes I am the one down on myself and crippled with fear. Other times I am feeling confident and can lift up others. Help me to be encouraged by those that you send to me when I am down and help me to be mindful of others that need to be encouraged when it is my ability to do so. Amen