TEXT: Proverbs 23:29-35
29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
KEY VERSE: “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.” – (Proverbs 23:29,30)
Life is so stressful and many people do just about anything to escape from its effects. Unfortunately, some people find solace in alcohol. They claim that it makes them happy and enables them to relax from the pressures of life. In reality, they are only avoiding to squarely face the challenges of life. Alcohol brings woes to the drunkard. He is sorrowful and loses his sense of rationality.
He becomes contentious and impossible for anyone to co-habit with. Wine makes an otherwise sensible man to begin to babble. It wounds the vital organs of his body and alters his appearance into a pathetic and frightening red-eyed monster. It begins by taking a little and soon extends to having a binge and boasting about his ability to take as many different brands of alcohol as are available.
Today DCLM Daily Manna 25 June 2021
He cannot push back at the allure of an alcoholic drink that bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Drunkenness leads him to immoral and perverse behaviour. And while the stupor lasts, he imagines himself as a man on top of the world, without any care whatsoever. People are drunk not with alcohol only but with pride because of the good things of life like their position, riches, fame, talents and skills. Like alcohol, pride gives a false sense of peace and happiness.
It alters your personality, dulls your senses to good reasoning and makes you lose control of your faculties. More so, it renders you a spiritual and social misfit, an outcast before God. There is only one way to conquer this dragon of a habit. You should turn to Christ in repentance, receive pardon for your past indulgences and commence a new life that is free of the bondage of drunkenness – whether with alcohol or pride.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Whatever gives a false sense of life is deadly.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Kings 11-12
DCLM Daily Manna 25th June 2021 Deeper Life Devotional Message was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.