June 11, 2024


Proverbs 25:16-17 - 16Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. 17A righteous man who gives way before the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain.


Proverbs 25:16-17 speaks to the importance of self-control in the life of a believer. Verse 16 compares good news from a far country to cold water for a thirsty soul. Just as refreshing water satisfies and revives someone who is parched, so encouraging news can lift our spirits when we are discouraged or struggling. However, the next verse provides a stark contrast and warning. It says that a righteous person who gives in to wickedness is like a muddied spring or polluted fountain. This vivid imagery illustrates how easily sin can contaminate our lives if we lack self-control. When we open the door to temptation and impurity, it sullies our witness and hinders the living water of the Holy Spirit from flowing freely through us to bless others. These two proverbs highlight our need for discipline and discernment. We must be careful about what we allow to influence us, guarding against anything that could compromise our character or testimony. At the same time, we should actively pursue truth, encouragement and good news to refresh our souls. As we abide in God's Word and walk closely with Him, He will empower us to live with integrity and be a pure conduit of His love, grace and goodness to the world around us.


The book of Proverbs is filled with practical wisdom for everyday life. These particular verses remind us of the vital importance of self-control, especially for those who profess faith in Christ. As believers, we are called to live distinctly different from the world, reflecting the holiness and righteousness of our Savior. However, this is impossible to do in our own strength. We need the moment-by-moment help and power of the Holy Spirit to resist temptation, make godly choices and keep our hearts pure. One of the enemy's most effective strategies is to slowly erode our resolve and lead us down a gradual path of compromise. It may start with something that seems relatively harmless - a flirtatious conversation, a questionable movie, a slight exaggeration of the truth. But before we know it, we can find ourselves mired in sin, our lives polluted by impurity and deceit. Like a muddied spring or contaminated well, we are no longer fit to quench the thirst of those around us or point them to the Living Water. This is why we must be diligent to guard our hearts and minds, as Proverbs 4:23 instructs. We have to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and be alert to the schemes of the devil (1 Peter 5:8). It requires humility to admit our weakness and vulnerability. But when we do, we can run to God for strength and help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). True self-control is not about gritting our teeth and trying harder. It's about surrendering control to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to govern our thoughts, desires and actions. As we spend time in God's presence, meditate on His Word and walk in obedience to His commands, He will cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, including self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We will grow in wisdom and discernment to recognize deception and stand firm against the attacks of the enemy. The alternative to being a polluted fountain is to be a pure channel of living water, bringing the good news of the gospel to a lost and thirsty world. People all around us are desperate for hope, joy, peace and purpose. When our lives are marked by integrity and self-control, empowered by God's Spirit, we have the incredible privilege of pointing them to Jesus, the only One who can truly satisfy the deepest longings of the soul. May we commit ourselves daily to the pursuit of holiness, for our good and for His glory.


Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom of Your Word. I confess that so often I try to live this Christian life in my own meager strength. Forgive me for the times I've given in to temptation and allowed sin to tarnish my witness. I desperately need You, Lord. Fill me afresh with Your Spirit today. Empower me to walk in purity, integrity and self-control. Help me keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. Make me sensitive to Your leading and quick to obey. Use my life as a clean vessel to carry Your living water to those who are thirsty and lost. May my words and actions point people to the good news of the gospel. Keep me far from compromise and deception. I want to honor You in all I say and do. Thank You for Your grace that empowers me and Your love that compels me. Be glorified in and through me today. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Flowing with grace, a pure fountain springs forth, Quenching thirsty souls with life-giving water. Guarded by self-control, a righteous life overflows, Refreshing all who draw near with the Lord's living power.

Flowing with grace, a pure fountain springs forth,
Quenching thirsty souls with life-giving water.
Guarded by self-control, a righteous life overflows,
Refreshing all who draw near with the Lord's living power.

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