Our scripture this morning is Proverbs 12:24-26.

The diligent person will rule, but the slothful will become a slave. Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs him down, but an encouraging word brings him joy. The righteous person is cautious in his friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

While the verses in Proverbs don’t necessarily go together as do verses in other parts of scripture, they all point to our relationship with God and our responsibility to each other. This group of sayings speaks of being energetic in our tasks and letting go of our worries. It also mentions being careful about those with whom we associate.

Peter writes “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for You” (1 Peter 5:7), reminding us of the proverb from long before. God knows everything about us and our world, and wants us to love, trust and count on Him to help us when we are anxious or afraid. By giving up the things that worry us we can live productive lives for Him.

This saying also encourages us to encourage one another. Sharing the load in fellowship is how Christians get things done. Paul tells us to “carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). Our support for each other is essential to our faith and health.

Loving Lord, we know You are there for us always. Help us to give up the things that trouble us and be part of the fellowship to which You call us. Amen.

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