This month we’ve talked about a lot of topics on our Mondays, the one we’ve talked about a little each week is our monthly topic: self-control. We’ve talked around it, but never really addressed it. Today, on our last Monday we’re going to take some time to talk about it. Don’t worry, I don’t have plans to go into a long lecture about how we don’t have any control over our lives, how we need to do a better job of controlling ourselves, that making choices for ourselves is pointless because God is in control, or any of the typical control discussions we could have. Instead I want to take a look at Proverbs 1:1-4:
“These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.”
If you remember the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament is filled with these amazing bits of wisdom that are still helpful today, many years later. It was actually written with the intention of sharing bits of wisdom with the world. Solomon, as I discussed in my devotional last week had an incredible gift from God of wisdom that surpassed anything we know now or was known before with maybe one or two exceptions.
What I’ve discovered in this month of reflection on self-control, as I’ll share on Wednesday, is that it’s about more than being “in control” as we typically talk about it. What if being exercising self-control wasn’t about denial but about knowing what is best for us and taking actions to make that happen? What if self-control was about being wise, and wasn’t intended to be a punishment? Would that change your opinion of working on your self control? I know it does mine.