Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. 26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
& The Gospel
Everyone surly agrees there is anxiety in the world… all the time no doubt but today as the corona virus tops 315,000 infected it’s clear as day. People are worried about getting sick… and for loved ones… and what will be the impact on their job and paycheck… if you have stocks… Do I have enough food, water, toilet paper? We are tempted to dwell on all the possible outcomes of the coronavirus. But in truth it’s just another day in the life of a broken world. People all over the world live our their lives in different kinds of suffering. Many live in unsanitary areas that are slums. For example you might google photos of the slums in India. There is just so much brokenness in this world. So many are diseased with things from leprosy to cancer to the coronavirus. Probably millions suffer with depression that is biological in nature… and likely billions suffer from depression related to brokenness in relationships and we all suffer in relation to sin in our lives.
The point is that there is anxiety in a mans heart and it weighs us down. But Solomon says a good word makes him glad. “Good word” sends my thoughts to “Good News”.
That might make some turn away because they know its talking about Jesus and they’ve heard it all before. They think it intrusive and dismiss it as not relative to them.
If you don’t know the Lord it’s still a good thing to listen to the gospel again… You see, many of us had heard the gospel lots and lots of times before God opened up our eyes to actually see Jesus as beautiful and good news. He is the good word that makes a person glad… one who is weighed down with the anxiety of a broken world…
Please listen and I will very, very briefly tell you the good word that can bring you gladness.
The original man and woman that God created; Adam and Eve, were tempted by satan who said God was a liar. They believed satan over God and followed satan’s advice. Adam and Eve fell out of fellowship with God who is perfect and has nothing in common with sin. All Adam and Eves descendants were born out of fellowship with God.
God did not leave mankind without hope. After Adam and Eves sin God promised one of the offspring of the woman would come who would succeed where they failed. God kept reminding them of this promise down through the ages by Prophets and by direct revelation. He made this promise to Abraham, Issac, Jacob, has a Hezekiah and king Ahaz to name a few. Before this Messiah’s coming people could be accepted by God again by believing the words and prophecies concerning him and his coming… by placing their hope in him.
Then God sent his only Son as a man born of a virgin. He lived a perfect life so where Adam and Eve and you and I failed, he succeeded. He imputes his righteousness to all who delight in him. He went further than that… he bore our sin in his body… He was paid the wages of our sin… Romans 6:23 says: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But he was not done yet… he went further. He defeated death itself to give us power over the temptations of sin in our daily life as we walk with him. And there is more… he will one day raise us up as he was raised up, incorruptible to be with him and never experience death or any of the anxieties of brokenness brought on by sin again.
So this is the gospel… If you are an unbeliever I hope you will whisper a prayer that if there is truth in these words God will open your eyes to see Jesus as good news… the greatest treasure in the Universe… worth turning away from seeking after the promises sin to delighting in Jesus the rest of your life.
Let’s close with the second verse in todays text: 26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Todays verses point us to the two fold mission of every believer. To keep seeing more of Gods glory in Jesus and his word… In so doing he takes away all our hearts anxieties… and secondly to share his awesomeness with our neighbor.
Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.