In Proverbs 12:25 we read, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Where can we find a good word? If I only focus internally and look inside to my own strength and wisdom I will eventually find only depression and frustration. But when I turn to what God has said in His word I can find a “good word” that will lift my heart even on the darkest of days. Take Joshua 1 for example. Moses has just died and we have every inclination from the text to believe that Joshua is afraid (Josh 1:9). Notice the word from the Lord that lifts his heart: “Moses my servant is dead…just as I was with Moses, so I’ll be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous…” The present situation is acknowledged, a “good word” given and then a command is issued to press forward. Take hold of this promise today or find another in God’s word that dispels your anxiety and brings a good word to your heart.