Words from the Heart for Friday October 27th, 2017
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
Proverbs 16:32 (NIV)
Better a Patient Person
We admire the story from history of someone who has been a warrior and conquered cities and freed them from the enemy. We may never be asked to serve in that way. However, when we choose “self-control,” which is one of the fruits of the Spirit, we are actually accomplishing something greater than freeing a whole city. We may never receive a hero’s reward but we can see the Lord’s Presence and purposes advance. Be a conqueror today!
Canada’s track “phenom”, Mohammed Ahmed, has learned to be patient. Ahmed won gold for Canada in the 1 500 metre race at the Pan Am games and came fourth in the 5 000 at the Rio Olympics. But getting to these events, and others, is the challenge. Born in Somalia and bearing the name Mohammed has caused some challenges when crossing into the USA where he trains. “I’ve always had to deal with people thinking I’m some sort of terrorist,” he says.
The more I read God’s word, the more I am impressed with the fact that its principles are the polar opposite of the principles that drive this world. In the world of sports, for example, the spoils go to the victor, as do the accolades. It is the same with the military. But the Bible teaches something altogether different. King Solomon, unlike his father, wasn’t a military leader. In fact, it was for this very reason that he was allowed to build the Temple while his father David was not. So it shouldn’t surprise us that Solomon wrote this principle in Proverbs 16:32: “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” In God’s kingdom the patient person is honoured above the soldier and a person with self-control is given higher regard than a victorious leader. Paul would go on to speak of both patience and self-control as fruit of the Spirit. The Bible is very clear that what God is looking for is for His people to evidence the fruit of the Spirit in their lives and by so doing mirror Jesus in our world. That is worth honouring.
These have been words from the heart.