Lent Devotional: Proverbs 12:25-26

by Jonathan Haefs

Proverbs 12:25-26 (click here to read the entire passage)
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. (Proverbs 12:25)

How providential is this proverb for this day!

Our world is feeling weighed down by anxiety as the news is consumed with nothing but doom and gloom surrounding the spread of Covid-19. Of course, we should take this seriously, and we are trying to do our part at SVCC to help slow the spread of the virus…

Yet, we are not and will not act out of fear and anxiety! Our meetings have not been suspended out of fear, but out of love and care for our community! In this moment, we will not contribute to the fear and anxiety being felt by our neighbors… no! We have a good word to speak that can make one glad, filled with true joy amidst every circumstance! We have the good word of the Gospel!

Shades, as our neighbors grapple with fear, speak of your faith! As our communities increasingly panic, tell them of the peace that passes all understanding! As people are looking for hope, give them the reasons for the hope within you! Give them Jesus!

Moments like this strip away our illusions that we are sovereign and reveal the fragility of our way of life and of our very lives! People panic because the foundations upon which they have built their existence crumble… but ours does not!

People are looking for solid ground to stand on… something sure that cannot be shaken by any threat. You have the solid ground Shades. Give it to them. Give them Jesus!

Let’s give our anxious world the only good word that can make them glad forever!

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