Last weeks post, from David Wildman, talked about personal goals or kingdom goals. It being the time of year where we set goals for the new year, we also need to set up blinders, safe-guards, and accountability in order to achieve His goals for the our lives. A life lived for God doesn't guarantee us a bed of roses. The Devil is going to prey on our weaknesses and take advantage of our lack of self-control. It's up to us to safe-guard ourselves from these temptations.
Proverbs chapter 25 is unique collection of sayings from King Solomon that were compiled and preserved by the scribes of King Hezekiah. Hezekiah was one of Judah’s better national rulers in a string of evil kings. Hezekiah, besides being a righteous king, was also a master builder and was responsible for many important long-lasting infrastructure projects around the ancient city of Jersusalem. Two of Hezekiah’s important contributions to the city were fortification of its walls and the construction of his famous tunnel, which serves as an aqueduct to this very day.
Hezekiah built these famous works because he was not stranger to the danger of being encompassed by enemy forces and the imminent attack to his city. For this reason, the 28th verse of Proverbs 25 must have resonated with King Hezekiah.
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
This idea is that self-control is like a wall of defense around us. By effectively relying on God’s strength to control our words, thoughts, and actions, we protect ourselves from the threat of self-destruction and defeat. If we allow anger to breach the walls of defense around us, we run the risk of speaking words and acting in a way that will have lasting consequences for us. It is particularly important that in times of stress or frustration, we control our words, thoughts, and actions.
May this be our prayer as we seek to build up our defense walls of self-control.
Psalm 141:3 - Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
Thank and God Bless!
PC: Matt Allen - spending some time in solitude, on the bike, praying and listening to God!