The choice came down to two salesmen. The question was, which one of these two top performers was more suitable for the big job? The first got great results, but he was a bit wild, and he could not always be counted on. The second man got average results, but he could be counted on every time. The account was important, and they really wanted the best person to go after it. The first man figured he would be selected, while the other man only hoped. It came as a surprise to them both when the second man was selected. It was decided that dependability was more important than a smooth come-on.
“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city” (Proverbs 16:32).
God requires His followers to be disciplined. If we practice self-control, we are well on the road to wisdom. It is not always easy to be a Christian, but we are expected to hold fast to the faith through bad times as well as good. The disciplined person learns to deal with hardship and, through discipline, gains endurance. God loves the person who is steadfast and unyielding in faith. The person who gives up easily and forgets their trust has no place with God. We need to pray for strength in our faith and trust that God will grant it. Discipline is greater than strength or intelligence or charm. (David slew the mighty Goliath with a sling and a stone). Discipline gives us the foundation; we need to build a faith, which cannot be shaken.
Give me a faith that will never fail, O Lord. I put my trust in You, because you are God and there is nothing on earth, which is more powerful than Your might. Be with me to strengthen me and give me your peace. Amen.
Good morning Noel! Thanks for this important word….I appreciate wisdom and insight that you share with us through God’s Word. I love the prayer and will post it on my facebook page!
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14). Thank you very much for your comment Minister Glenda.
May the good Lord bless and keep you always.
Well said Noel! Discipline is so important. Sometimes it seems like a bad word these days, but I have found it important in my life.
I thank you very for your comment, Tom. Discipline is very important in our Christian journey. No wonder proverbs 15:1 tells us that; “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
May God bless you richly
Self control is a very important asset as we seek to serve the Lord. Too often we attempt to serve HIm without understanding that we are in a spiritual war. Our enemy is constantly at work trying to use our fallen, sinful flesh to lead us off the mark we are trying to reach. Thats when our ability to control our sinful flesh is so very important. Thanks for a great reminder of this important truth.
It’s so important that we practice self-control in our faith walks! Thanks for the great reminder, Noel! God bless you!