How Heavy are You These Days?

May 13, 2020

How heavy are you these days?

Whoa, Ryan. You don’t understand. I’ve been spending more time at home and I’ve been snacking more than normal. Don’t judge me.

Don’t worry. Trust me, I’m not judging you. That’s not the heavy I’m talking about. Proverbs 12:25 (ESV) says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down.”

Imagine you are going through life with a backpack on and all of your anxieties go into the backpack. Every worry you have weighs you down.

You worry if you are making the right decision. Added Weight
You worry you are stuck in a job you can’t stand. Added Weight
You worry your marriage won’t make it through this difficult season. Added Weight
You worry you if you will have enough money to get your kid braces. Added Weight
You worry the treatment won’t work like it is supposed to. Added Weight
You worry if you are going to have enough money to retire. Added Weight
And this unprecedented season we are currently living in has brought on a whole new set of worries – uncertainty, loss, fear, and death. Added weight.

So, how heavy are you these days?

There’s more to Proverbs 12:25: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

The news doesn’t have a good word today. Your coworker may be in short supply. But we can always find a good word from God in his Word.

“Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).

Every time you claim a good word from God, you take weight out of the backpack. So, keep snacking, but trade those worries for good words.