A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
March 11. Oh, how the days go by so quickly. I’m astonished at how the calendar turns, month by month, and I’m another year older. Of course we always pray we are a little bit wiser. As I’ve pondered the word discipline with God, and with others, I’ve found that this word is a difficult one to examine. I’ve heard from friends determined to put God first among their busy schedule, and I have heard from those who seem to not be able to discipline themselves in areas that they desperately want change to occur.
One discussion centered on the word being a place of legalism or arrogance. Fascinating. For me, the word was a place of freedom. When I have discipline in my life that centers on God’s best for me, I feel more secure and right with the Lord. In turn, my mind is clear to embrace His Word and message.
I chose the above verse regarding self-control, because I truly believe the first step belongs to me. Myself. As I set a determined path to change, God will show up and fight for me. When I choose to be out of control, I am open to the negativity and enemy who finds me defenseless and exposed.
God NEVER abandons us.
If you are a parent, you understand sitting on the sidelines of your precious children’s decisions that cause natural consequences. You wait. Watch. Pray. Each encounter with them is one of reassurance, boundaries, and love.
God, our perfect Father, patiently waits for us.
God created us as physical, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional beings. Each one of these areas He speaks to in His Word–how to live a fruitful life, not devoid of suffering or trials, but a life that you can say, “My Utmost for His Highest!”
As you journey this life, I pray that you embrace discipline as a friend, and trust in a God that wants the very best for you–His precious child, beloved.