Proverbs 25:28 New International Version (NIV)
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
In Ancient Times what happened to a city when its wall was broken through?
That’s right. The city was pillaged.
Let me give you some synonyms for pillaged.
What else happened in Ancient Times to the people, women especially, and even children, in a city when the walls were broken through? I don’t have to say it, do I? Isn’t that graphic?
And so ABBA is saying to us when we forsake His power working in us (i.e. for the Christian that is self-control) we have opened ourselves to be pillaged and that graphic word by the Evil One as well as our own marauding flesh. Just turn on the news and see what happens when Ishmaelites overrun a city – there is a graphic picture of our spiritual lives (which naturally affects our physical lives, since the two are intricately tied) when we fail to maintain our city walls.
So in what condition is your city wall?
Sturdy? Solid? Strong? No breaches?
Crumbling, Dis-repaired, Gaping holes, Breached?
THE WORD of GOD will rebuild our walls, but we have to show up for work detail!
If we want our city walls up and healthy we have to have the WORD of GOD ALIVE AND ACTIVE IN US AND WORKING OUT THROUGH US. I think Lysa’s new book is going to give us some practical ways to do that. And in the meantime we can start by meditating (same action as worrying – you know how to do that: going over and over the same thing in our minds) on Scriptures that address our issues.
Thank You, ABBA, for this word picture of ancient city walls and how clearly it speaks to the absolute necessity for self-control to live holy in this world. HOLY SPIRIT, I pray that not one Dear Soul who comes here to read and pray will leave this page without seriously considering Your Word in this to us.
We have the God-given Right to do right in this wrong World,