John Bradshaw - Don't Leave Them to Run Wild
At first blush it almost seems like an excessive thing for God to say. Proverbs 23:2, "Put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite". Seems strong, doesn't it?
The thing is we've become so used to Indulgence in first world countries that we indulge to our hurt, too busy to prepare food, there are places everywhere that will prepare it for us in just five minutes, and we frequently value taste over nutrition. Bad habits then develop. It's easy to forget that often, not always, but often a lack of self-control leads to a person's utter ruin. What's not remembered is that your desires can be controlled by the mind and don't need to be left to run wild.
What God is saying in Proverbs is that self-control is extremely important from both a physical and a spiritual perspective. I'm John Bradshaw for It is Written.