Proverbs 29

Proverbs 29:1-27

SUMMARY: Self-control

OVERVIEWReminders to trust God and his way.

BIG IDEASelf-control creates options and the chance for God to do great things. The lack of control reduces opportunities and increases the possibility of pain.

KEY VERSEProverbs 29:20
There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.

My “no” to your prayer is a “yes” to my love and care for you. I will not give you everything you want, nor do you want me to. Sometimes I am growing your faith, sometimes I am protecting you from yourself, and sometimes I want you to strengthen specific areas of your life. People who receive whatever they want—with no restrictions—are prone to arrogance and selfishness. I want more for you. I have plans for you that will bring you hope and joy and that will serve the world. Learn the art and skill of denying yourself so you can receive more of what you truly desire.

Learn to measure your words. Without restraint, you will be a fool. Learn to contain your emotions. Without control, you will be isolated and lonely. Learn to surrender to me on a moment-by-moment basis. You will receive real wealth—all you could imagine and much more.

Practice choosing your words carefully and slowly today. Don’t say everything that comes to your mind. Summarize how it went with someone you trust. Try it again the next day.