Don’t Be Deceived by Alcohol
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Deceit occurs when promises are made that will not be kept. Beer commercials all promise fun, popularity, and peer bonding. There is an element of truth there, but for many the promise of alcohol reverses into a curse of pain and suffering. The beer commercial has sucked many into a life of pain.
Murders, drunk driving, child molestations, wife beatings, and other crimes are often committed by people who’ve been drinking. Much of the homelessness in America is due to alcohol abuse. Trouble dogs the trail of the compulsive drinker.
Nowhere in Scripture are we told not to drink alcohol. But we are warned often of its deceit and of the serious consequences of its misuse. Paul may have been thinking about alcoholic beverages when he wrote that although something may be lawful, it is not necessarily constructive or beneficial. He declined to be brought under the power of anything or let anything be his master (1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23). Alcohol will try to be your master. Don’t be deceived by it.
Noah. After the Flood, Noah planted a vineyard. He then got drunk and passed out naked in his tent. This led to Ham’s sin and Noah’s subsequent curse upon Canaan. Noah was deceived and his sin had lasting consequences (Genesis 9:20-21).
Lot. Lot also got drunk and lay in his tent — twice. Lot’s daughters slept with their father, and the product of these incestuous unions were the Moabites and the Ammonites, two of Israel’s most pestiferous enemies (Genesis 19:32-38).
Elah. He was partaking heavily of wine in the palace at Tirzah when Zimri, one of his cavalry officers, sneaked in and assassinated him, succeeding him as king (1 Kings 16:8-10).
Prayer of Application
Father, many of life’s activities promise one thing but deliver the opposite. Give me the wisdom of self-control and moderation in all things, bringing glory to You in all I do.
Copyright 2016 – Robert C. Beasley