Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Good Word For a Heavy Heart

“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” Proverbs 12:25

         Did you ever feel like the Psalmist in Psalm sixty-nine and verse twenty? “Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, and there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.”  Words of hope and cheer seem to be “as scarce as hen’s teeth,” as the old saying goes. But notice in this verse in Proverbs that the situation that gave rise to the heaviness of heart may not change, yet a mere “good word” is capable of changing that heavy heart to one of joy and gladness.

         Do you suffer from a heavy heart this day? Are you in need of a “good word” of cheer? Here are three, straight from the lips of our living Savior.

         “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee” (Matt. 9:2).  The man to whom Jesus spoke these words had come for healing and left with that and Heaven, to boot! If you belong to God’s Blood-bought band, every sin you have ever committed or will commit has been forgiven. Nothing can change that. God may chasten us, but He can never disown us (Jno. 10:27-30). Every other relationship in this life may be severed, but our abiding, comforting, life-changing relationship with the eternal God and His Son, Jesus Christ, is signed, sealed, and delivered (Eph. 1:13). It’s irrevocable. I ask you, “Is that not a “good word”?

         “For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid” (Mk. 6:50). Maybe, like the disciples, you’re in the midst of a crashing storm today, and it’s all you can see. And that seemingly distant, sometimes unrecognized, form before you is really the Master of the Sea; and He calls to you and me, as He called to them, “Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid!”  How easy it is to feel we’re in this thing alone, unable to express our fears and longings to even our dearest loved ones, while the God of the universe has transcribed these wonderful words of assurance to His needy, fearful children. Oh, dear saint, is this not a good word!

         “These things have I 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” (Jno. 16:33).  Does it not seem as though the world is closing in upon us with its well-nigh universal immorality, secular bias, persecution of Christians, and glorification of violence and war? Whatever your eschatological persuasion may be, I believe it’s going to get much worse before it gets better.  This world system is no friend to God or His people, and the sooner we recognize this, the sooner we will cease trying to appease it (1 Jno. 2:16). But we should also recognize that we’re not at the mercy of this world. We need not succumb to its allure or cower before its intimidation. Jesus Christ has overcome the world, and so can we. Now, revel in that good word!

         I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better already. Not only is our future secure, but our present is under control. We have the promise of sins forgiven, a Companion in the wildest storms, and a Conqueror over this sinful world. It’s the word of a Gentleman with the authorization of Omnipotence. I have sought this day “to speak a word in season to him [and her] that is weary” (Isa. 50:4). I pray God has helped me to do so. May these words of our Lord ring long and loudly in your heart: “Be of good cheer!”

Jesus Christ: The Saints’ Cheer-Leader!

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