The Proverb Project - Chapter 25.
Chapter 25 includes the Proverbs of Solomon as compiled by King Hezekiah. Hezekiah is considered to have been a great leader and reformer of Judah. Hezekiah led his people nearly 300 years after the rule of Solomon. It can be inferred by the importance Hezekiah put on these Proverbs that Chapter 25 is of special interest to leaders and reformers.
Interesting: In Chapter 25 we find two references to men eating too much Honey. Clearly this is a reference to overindulgence. Overindulgence is a sign of weakness in a leader and Wise men exhibit discipline in all things...even good things.
"Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
is like a city broken down without walls."
The Wise exhibit discipline and self-control in all things. Those who have no rule over his own spirit do not exhibit self-control. Those without discipline cannot mitigate the flow of goodness and evil in and out of their environment. Those who exhibit strength in self-control have the discipline to remain focused on growth and wisdom. The discipline of a Wise man permits goodness to permeate himself and those he leads and loves. Positivity of spirit is a result of the influx of energy allowed by those who exhibit self-control.
A city without walls is like a man with no self-control. There is no barrier, no security, no protection. There is no line of defense from those with a heart of darkness or a mind of foolishness. Without walls a city is vulnerable to any attack. A City without walls will soon find ruin and be reduced to ash. With destruction comes the opportunity for rebuilding. From the rubble, a city can be restored to its original magnificence. Often, a city that has been destroyed will return stronger and better than ever. Rebuilding requires discipline, self-control, and the love of those who see the greatness yet to come.
The Proverbs Project
For the next 30 days, I intend to read and reflect on one chapter in the book of Proverbs.