“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
The question, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (See Psalms 42:5). Have you seen someone lately that has stooped posture or a downcast look? Did you wonder why? Or, perhaps you saw your own reflection of sadness in the mirror?
This question is often answered with a trial; perhaps a lack of resources, lost love, death of a loved one or from the lips of the mentally ill struggling with reality. Their hope in God has been shrunk by the size of their trial; they have given up the fight or are about to give up. It is then, that we need to remind them or ourselves that God is for them and He can lift them from the depths of their despair.
It is through encouraging words such as those found in Matthew 7:25-27, that if we build our house
upon the rock (Christ) we cannot be washed away or crushed by the winds of trials. We must remember to offer encouraging words from God’s Word, for they are the healing words that we all need in times like this.