Every day we are faced with limitations. We can only drive so fast. We should only eat a certain amount of calories a day. Your favorite show is only on for an hour. If we can adhere to the limitations that are placed on us by outside forces then why is it so difficult for us to place limitations on ourselves?
When I was 19 years old I made the decision to have sex. At the time the decision was driven by peer pressure and my own lustful desires. Since that day I’ve made several decisions including the decision to continue having sex based on my own desires and there has always been consequences when I wasn’t able to place limitations on myself.
Funny thing is this has happened on more than one occasion in the bible as well. Abraham and Sarah took matters in their own hands even after God promised them a child of their own. As a result one of Abraham’s children had to leave the home they had known for all their lives (Genesis 15; 18:1-15; 21:1-20). Cain made the decision to kill Able and he was driven from his home (Genesis 4:1-14). Thousands of people made the decision to crucify and not believe in Jesus and they lost out on the miracle of everlasting life.
Every time we decide to go against our own better judgement and say yes to what we think will make us feel good at the time we are saying no to something better. By me saying yes to having sex at an early age I missed out on the beauty of knowing just one man and I will know have to answer questions when I do get married that I wouldn’t have to deal with had I just said no to myself. It has taken me a long time to understand that self control is the one of the most beautiful gifts we can give ourselves. Knowing when to say no and when to say yes keeps us from circumstances that can lead to heartache, disappointment and possibly death.
I was recently told that I need to take Proverbs 3:5-6 to heart and totally trust in the Lord. My prayer for myself is that I can continue to allow that to happen and that I can walk in the limitations that are necessary for me to succeed in life. I pray that for you as well and I thank God that He continues to answer that prayer by providing us with what we need to make the correct decisions.