Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lack of Self Control

I thought this was a very powerful and timely message and the note and response to this verse was outstanding from our Mr. Kandiwo.

Proverbs: 25:28: A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Thought from Freddie Kandiwo: Nairobi Kenya (via Facebook)

The city broken into and left without walls paints a particular picture on my mind. In the first place, the city itself is of value, hence the need for the walls. These can serve the purpose such as defense against the enemies, or preservation of privacy or indeed a mark of the boundary which seeks to preserve the good in the city. In the second place the absence of the walls indicates exposure to all sorts of danger; becoming an easy target for the enemy. There is a danger that all the good in the city will no longer be there. It will become difficult for the city to control who comes, goes out, from which point and so on.

Temptation is ever present in our daily lives. A life without self-control is not without consequence. One will for sure yield to any provocation that comes their way as there are no defenses. There is absence of orderliness in their life.

I pray that the Lord may open our eyes that we may reason in daily situations and seek to have a good conscious. May we display the good character, by living self-cotrolled lives; in our appetite for the things in this life, and as good stewards of what has been entrusted to us. May the Lord rule our thoughts and intensions, and help us build defenses in our individual lives.