Day 12 – Proverbs 12
“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25
When a hunter goes out hunting, he dresses up in camouflaged kit so that he blends in with the environment, with the hope that he doesn’t stand out and the animals won’t see him. There are many people who are depressed but their outward countenance does not reflect their inward feelings. They hide how they truly feel and blend in with society. “even in laughter the heart may sorrow” Proverbs 14:13
There are different stages of depression and it is wisdom to understand how it got there and how to get rid of it. The entry way for depression is ANXIETY in the heart. We get anxious for just about everything. We train ourselves to think of all the worst case scenarios and believe that things will never work out for us. We often find ourselves in a place of SELF-PITY.
There is a yearning for someone to notice you but you make inward vows like “If someone loved me then they would notice I am feeling depressed”. To test people, you act normal and get upset when no-one notices. The longer you stay in this pit, the worse the inner battle becomes.
But this battle can be won. “A GOOD WORD MAKES IT GLAD”. The reassuring words of someone to encourage you makes all the difference. “You are going to make it” – “I am there for you” – “I love you”.
Human beings yearn to be loved and accepted. When there is a breakdown here, trivial things begin to affect us. We can become so sensitive to the world and feel that everything has turned against us.
It is great when someone encourages you and gives you a good word to cure your depression. But what do you do if no-one comes to your rescue? GO TO THEIRS. Chances are that many people are camouflaging their depression and if you feel that way, there is probably someone that is also feeling the same that is waiting for you to give them a GOOD WORD.
Father, your Word says that we should be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving make our requests known to You. We repent of being anxious. Thank you for encouraging us and giving us a good word when we are feeling low. Help us to be a vessel of encouragement to others who need to be picked out of a pit. Help us to identify this trap when it starts to happen so we don’t wallow in self-pity. Help us to be open about the things that trouble us so we don’t accuse others around us falsely of not caring.
In Jesus name…