“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” Proverbs 16:32 NLT
Have you ever answered any of the “would you rather” questions? Often times they are questions used as ice breakers to get people talking or to have fun conversations.
– Would you rather be invisible or be able to fly?
– Would you rathe have all traffic lights green or never have to stand in line again?
The answers are fun to think about and discuss, and there really are no right and wrong answers. They are hypothetical questions without a lot of meaning. But there are other would you rather questions that are more revealing, and your answers are windows to what is going on in your heart:
Questions from this week’s scripture:
– Would you rather have patience or power?
– Would you rather have self-control or conquer a city (ESV describes it as a desire to take a city) ?
In this case one really is better than the other, one is a fruit of the Spirit, the other a desire of the flesh. One is to be desired, the other to be cautious of.
Patience or power, self control or desire to take, good questions to ask ourselves. If you find yourself with a keen desire to have power and take things for yourself, beware! It is better to have patience and self-control.
Would you rather pursue godliness or things of this world?
This week let your actions indicate your preferences for good.
In His Hands,