Week 38 Thursday

A Little Self-Control

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 25

Key verse: Proverbs 25:28

Among the wise sayings of a very wise king we find these words:

“Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”

Kings know all about the danger of having a city whose walls are broken through and vulnerable.  What many have not understood, however, is the equally dangerous situation of having no self-control.  Solomon apparently knew otherwise.

It’s wise counsel for all of us – kings or not.

We live in a culture where self-expression and self-indulgence seem to be of paramount importance and value.  And there have certainly been many cultures, of many types, who have suffered from similar issues.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the name of the game is to get more; do more; scratch every itch that comes along.  I think of that old bumper-sticker that cynically boasts “He who dies with the most toys wins.”

Wins what?

But for those who are wise enough to know that sometimes “enough is enough” – there are greater joys.

Just ask the lottery winners who claim that their lives were ruined by suddenly having more money than they could ever spend.

Just ask the talented musicians, artists, or actors who made it to the top only to be brought down by drug or alcohol addiction.

Just ask the victims of pornography.

Just ask the man or woman who climbs on any and every back to get to that coveted “corner office” only to find they have no friends and a thousand enemies.

Self-indulgence can be deadly.  And a little self-control can be life-saving.

Just ask Solomon – the wisest king that ever lived.

Prayer: Lord, may my desires be tempered by what is reasonable and best – not just for me – but for others as well.  AMEN.

 

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