“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” (Proverbs 12:25, ESV)
Anxiety is an anchor that strangles the soul, depriving the heart of joy and gladness. Worrying and fretting over things one cannot change diverts attention away from those things that truly matter. Jesus said that anxiety robs the heart of trust in and dependency upon God (Matt. 6:25-34). To guard against this enemy of joy, Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:25-34). Our proverb says the heart burdened with worrisome doubt can be lifted up by well-chosen words of comfort and encouragement. If you know someone who is struggling with anxiety, offer them a kind and pleasant word that reassures them of God’s ever-present love and care. Help lift the anchor that is dragging them down to despair.