My friend, may I ask you a question? When we lack self-control, do the bad things that we do while not under control often translate into bad habits that eventually come back to bite? Is there a time in every Christian’s life when difficult but necessary self-control is not only necessary but critically needed?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
The Bible lists “self-control” as one of the greatest of virtues. The ability to exert control over oneself is probably one of the hardest things in this world to do. Think of the stories in Scriptures of Abraham, Samson, Jacob, Peter and many others. Each had difficulty controlling wrong ideas and bad urges that led to sin. Controlling others is easy; but when it comes to applying that same level of control to ourselves, that’s a mountain in our lives that most of us find very difficult if not impossible to climb. A good deal of this hardship has everything to do with our built-in inability to wait for things. We are born impatient and about the only thing in life that we aren’t impatient for is leaving this life.
Unfortunately, this lack of self-control often translates into something far more serious than just a higher level of impatience. When we lack self-control, the bad things that we do while not under control often translate into bad habits that always come back to bite. There comes a time in every Christian’s life when difficult but necessary self-control is not only necessary but critically needed.
Here’s a story. As an eagle goes through the good months of feeding in full measure, he also begins to gain weight. This weight begins to hinder his ability to fly and find food. His speed diminishes and he grows tired quickly. The eagle will fly high and find a cleft in the rocks of the mountains looking for cover from the elements, and an area that water gathers from morning dew and rain. Once he has found this cleft, he sets himself in it and begins to pluck out all his wing flight feathers until he is no longer able to fly. There he remains, waiting until his weight comes off him for lack of food and his feathers begin to grow back. When he is back to a slim weight, and ready to once again take flight. Now with his lighter weight he can fly higher, faster, and is able once again to swoop down on his meal with great speed. (Robyn Cavalera)
If left to ourselves, we’ll be ruled by our bad habits; habits that ultimately lead to a “spiritual” weight gain problem that only a diet of patience and self-control can ever eliminate. Our own sinful bad habits increasingly become burdensome, and the only way to get back into spiritual shape is to impose a radical spiritual diet. But, what a wonderful God we serve! How great are his thoughts to have designed the eagle in this way. It’s the same with you and I. In a time of waiting upon the Lord, he renews us spiritually, physically, and emotionally. This time of waiting can be a challenge to us. We may want to escape it, but we can’t. We’re left with the only thing that can be done–“Trust in the LORD”. When this time is finished, we will have new strength, hope, endurance and faith to finish the race set before us! We will fly again; only this time lighter and faster.
We pray. Heavenly Father, help us to know ourselves. Teach us to recognize our weaknesses and work to walk in holiness. Let us repent, and follow you in all things. Thank you for your unending grace and mercy toward us when we need it most. Help us to trust you with our lives. We want to fly high again as Christians Lord. Please gift to us the discipline needed to wait on you for the ability to do so in grace. In Jesus name, Amen. (https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/your-daily-prayer/a-prayer-for-self-control-your-daily-prayer-february-16-2017.html/–adalpted)
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