Book: Proverbs 5
“He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.”
Although living a free and easy lifestyle without commitment or taking responsibility for one’s actions seems to be preferred in our culture today, this proverb warns against it. Having self-control or discipline is essential for leading a God honoring life. In fact, it is the fruit that is produced in a Kingdom builder’s life through the Holy Spirit according to Galatians 5:22-23 “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Notice that the “lack of self-control” is equated to “great foolishness”. For those who live an undisciplined life, they suffer the consequences. They do not control their emotions, desires or behavior which results in much loss and in some cases physical death.
That is not what God wants nor promises for those who follow Him. Notice the promise the apostle Peter speaks about in 2 Peter 1:4-7, “Because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.” He does not want us to live a foolish life with all of the pain from it but rather one that lives in the promise of God.
Where in your life do you lack self-discipline and want to replace it with God’s promise? Take time to commit it to Him and in faith receive what He gives you in return. Remember what it says in James 2:17, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (NIV)