Proverbs 25:25-28

In Proverbs 25:25-28 Solomon reminds us how impactful the sharing of good news can be. When a person is weary, a gift of cold water is greatly refreshing. Soul in this proverb is used in same sense as most other proverbs, as a reference to the whole person and life, not only the inner spiritual aspect of a person. “Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” When we receive good news, especially from a far country, it brings great and life-giving refreshment. This applies to good news of many types, not the least of which is the gospel, that good news of what God has done in Jesus Christ to rescue all who put their trust in Him.

Solomon has talked about integrity and the need to stand strong in numerous parts of his book of wisdom. Sometimes it is true that a righteous man stumbles and falters. We are all imperfect sinners and prone to royally messing up. This is always sad, but even more so when it happens before the wicked, in the view of those who reject God and His wisdom. “Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” Instead of the clarity and life-giving property of clean, clear water; a compromised life is like a dirty pool. It gives no life, no clarity, no refreshment, and no help. It only frustrates the purpose of water in that context.

He tells us that we need to moderate what and how we eat. We have to learn to practice control in every area of life, even when it comes to good things. Honey is an example of one of God’s great gifts. In the world of Solomon’s day sweets were rare and nothing was sweeter than honey. Yet, overindulgence in even a good gift like honey is not good. Self-control must be practiced even with good things. “It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.” Glory can be a good thing, and it is part of God’s promise to the believer. Yet to seek one’s own glory is not good; it is not glory at all. We should seek God’s glory and not worry about our own glory.

Solomon ends this chapter with another thought on self-control. It is such an important character trait. There are many who have so little self-control that it can be said that they have no rule over their own spirit. The world, the flesh, or the devil rule over such people, and not the spirit of self-control that is part of the fruit of the Spirit. “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” A city broken down, a city without walls has no defense and is vulnerable to every attack. It has no security, stability, and can protect nothing valuable. This shows the terrible cost of having no rule over one’s own spirit.

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