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January 10, 2019

The Solution for Anxiety...

Mr. Isker’s reading in today’s chapel service included this: 

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad. (Proverbs 12:25)   

A good word makes a person’s heart glad!  So Proverbs tells us students need a good word.  We all need this same thing.  But, what is a good word?  A resource that can make one glad, how we all want that! 

Matthew Henry seems to assume the good word is scripture.[1]  He says:  “the good word of God, particularly the gospel, is designed to make the hearts glad that are weary and heavy-laden.” 
He says:  

1.  Here is…The cause and consequence of melancholy. It is heaviness in the heart; it is a load of care, and fear, and sorrow, upon the spirits, depressing them … Those therefore that are inclined to it should watch and pray against it. 

2. Here is…The cure of it: A good word from God, applied by faith, makes it glad; such a word is that…Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; the good word of God, particularly the gospel, is designed to make the hearts glad that are weary and heavy-laden, Mt. 11:28 . Ministers are to be helpers of this joy. 

I think the word that Proverbs refers to, the word that makes us glad, is a bit broader.  It could just be something said by another person.  One writer says:  "A compassionate and encouraging word, from a friend or minister, affords him relief and comfort, and enables him to go on his way with tranquility and peace if not also with joy."[2]  But ultimately, a good word does need to be backed up by God himself.  And, this comes through God’s written word.  

Is this translation from the NKJV a bit strong?  It renders the verse using the words “depression” and “anxiety.”  Maybe someone thinks those terms are reserved for licensed practitioners.  

I say, try it.  Even doctors smile on non-medical solutions.  Try the Word of God.  Pray that the word would be heard by our students and that it would be effective in their lives. 

Written by Robert Thoburn

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