May 25th // Proverbs 25
Here we are on day 25 of this challenge! Holy cow! 25 days! What a fun little habit we’ve created in our lives with this! Only 6 more days to go!
Just like with the rest of Proverbs, when reading chapter 25, I looked for a theme to go off of. While with most of these chapters, I’ve had to really search for one theme that I could pull across each of the broad proverbs, some of these chapters have had a VERY clear, almost screaming out loud theme to them! Chapter 25 is one of them. Solomon has a very good point to make with today’s reading. He makes it evident that there are 2 virtues that the wise have…
Patience and self-control.
Patient persistence pierces through indifference; gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.”–Proverbs 25:15 [MSG]
Being patient is, in its essence, trusting God. Being patient means stepping back and prayerfully allowing God’s will to take place in a world where we think we can control it. [Newsflash… we can’t!] Self-control is taking patience and applying it against our physical, emotional and spiritual temptations. It takes patience and incorporates strength to create a virtue is so very hard to have. So often I feel like I can just make things happen, or my curiosity wants so badly for me to figure something out, so I’ll get to digging or trying to control the situation [against what I know is better]. My urge to control or my curiosity will get the best of me and I’ll end up poking my nose where it doesn’t belong… and so often I find myself humbled when I’ve taken it too far… If I had just been patient. If I had just had self control in that situation, I wouldn’t be [embarrassed] / [disappointed] here.
A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.”–Proverbs 25:28 [MSG]
Solomon tells us in Proverbs 25 that these virtues are marks of the wise. He tells us that God delights in concealing His secrets, but we intend on discovering them [25:2] and that a person without self-control is like a house with all the doors and windows knocked out [25:28]! He tells us to have self-control in our relationships, too. He reminds us not to allow bad people to persuade us into sin [25:19 & 26] and to be a loyal, patient and kind friend . He says that reaching out to our old friends can give them what they need to survive [25:13 & 25]! He also tells us to remember to have self-control and patience when dealing with our enemies and that, with them, especially, humility and love–reaching out to help them despite what they’ve done to you–is a true mark of wisdom and that God will bless those who love their enemies [25:21-22]. Even though we may have the urge to gossip, doing so is never right[25:18] [25:9-10].
He tells us to have patience in other aspects of life, too. He tells us not to jump to conclusions [25:8] because there may be another story behind the situation. In our professional lives, he tells us not to force ourselves into the spotlight… that it’s always better to be patient and earn the promotion [25:6-7]. He tells us, also, to have self-control with food [25:27] and that when you go to see a friend, don’t outwear your welcome [25:16-17]!
I could definitely incorporate patience and self-control into my daily life more than I already do. Today, I pray that both of these virtues become lifelong habits for me and that, on the days that they are harder to find, I remember to pray that God provides them for me.