Thoughts on the topic of alcohol from the book of wisdom
As many who follow this blog may know, I was a teenage alcoholic and drug user, rescued from a life of drunkenness and waste by the loving sacrifice and grace of the Lord Jesus.
When I became a believer, the addiction/habit/sin fell from me since I had hope and a greater goal in life. When I eventually started reading Proverbs, the verses below made so much sense.
I was a passionate teetotaler, judging all that imbibed. The Bible clearly stated, as I read certain passages, that drinking was sin. It is for me.
In my journeys, there have been gracious believers that have been patient with this ol fool, seeking to instruct me in the finer points of Christian living.
When I drink, I abuse the drink. Some believers drink to the glory of God – no abuse of the bottle, but thankful for the blessing. I can’t understand it, but I also can’t take away the freedom of another believer in an area that is not necessarily sin for them.
With all that said, find a few verses below from the book of wisdom.
Wine makes you mean, beer makes you quarrelsome— a staggering drunk is not much fun.
This verse became my linchpin of belief and a club to hammer those who could control their alcohol consumption.
Oh listen, dear child—become wise; point your life in the right direction. Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat. Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row, in a stupor and dressed in rags.
I glossed over this verse early on in my journey, not reading the “too much” qualifier. My logic was – Why drink at all if the drunkenness is possible? How much is too much? I assumed all had the same weakness I had.
5 thoughts on “Proverbial Thoughts on Alcohol”
Thank you so much for sharing your testimony and scriptures. I must confess I hate alcohol and what it does to a person. My ex was an alcoholic and my children and I witness and received the abuse from an alcoholic, he then introduced alcohol to our son at age 10 and my son became an alcoholic. My son is now in sobriety for the past three years. He now lives by his heart-felt wisdom that “life is good sober!” I thank God everyday for setting my son free from the bondage of alcohol.
Congratulations on your sobriety, that’s quite an achievement. 😊👣
Good read! 👍
Thank you for sharing your personal experience with addiction and your path of salvation in the Lord! My family was and is very subject to the bottle and so I follow a modified form of your path. It is a journey we must always encourage one another toward moderation and to abstinence as the situation warrants. Blessings!
Thanks Gerry. Hope all is well and that the Lord is blessing you, as I suspect he is, cause He is good.