“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). How many times have we stooped from heaviness? Life is full of troublesome times. It’s not to say we don’t have our share of goodness, but we have to be careful not to let the sorrowful displace the happy.
I’m guilty of saying life was easier when I was growing up. Each time I think of my parents who said that same thing. Their generation was simpler and so was mine compared to generations after. The sixties were tumultuous times, but nowhere like today. I wish, at times, that we could turn the clock back and let our upcoming generation experience more peaceful times (not perfect by any stretch). I wonder how anyone can navigate this world without the Navigator (God) and His Sextant (Holy Bible).
People aren’t as friendly or helpful anymore. Most we encounter show an obvious disregard for the rights of others and a general lack of social etiquette. It lends credence to the saying ‘they won’t give you the time of day’. But I’ve noticed if one makes an attempt to enter their bubble, they are thirsty to engage (most times). And it’s a sad world we live in where we have to guard our nose to the possibility someone may not like us.
Notice the last seven words of our verse- ”but a good word maketh it glad.” Folk, maybe unbeknownst to them, are starving to hear a word of encouragement. Not until Heaven will we discover the impact we’ve had on others we have encouraged. I am alive today because of words precisely uttered at a critical time. The Bible makes much reference to the power of the spoken word. “…a word spoken in due season, how good is it” (Proverbs 15:23), “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (25:11). Speaking a ‘word’ can make someone’s day.
We could leave home, go to the store, return, and if we didn’t take the initiative-words may not be shared. How many times has a cashier not spoken? We were taught to greet and thank the customer, but obviously not popular today. We need to take the reins and meet and greet those we encounter. We need to speak of the joys of God’s love and the sacrifice of Jesus for mankind. It’s the best way to displace trouble and fear. It’s the ‘only’ hope- the spoken Word! We must make it our goal to leave those we encounter with an encouraging word. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).