Today there are several verses about alcohol and its affect on a person. I just want to ask you to consider what the Word of God says. Pay attention to the actual words its uses. Make decisions about what you are going to do based on good intel!
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Notice what you are told here. Wine is a mocker! To mock means to treat with ridicule or contempt, to frustrate the hopes of, disappoint, express scorn or jeer. God’s Word gives you a clear warning about what wine is! It is a mocker.
Strong drink is raging. That word means causing great pain or distress, violent, wild. Warned is all I can say.
It next mentions that people are deceived by the wine and or strong drink. So it looks alluring. It makes you think one thing and gives you another.
It says that if you get deceived by the drink then you are not wise.
This one verse alone ought to be enough to make you not drink or be super careful even scared of wine and strong drink. But if not read on!
Proverbs 23:29-35 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. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 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. 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.
More wisdom but we will only be able to hit the highlights in this short devotional. But notice this person who gets so deeply involved with wine and strong drink gets wounds without cause. He gets hurt for no real reason. This is something that hurts people and it is something that you go looking for to get the hurt.
Notice the words that are used for the alcohol. It bites and stings. It hurts you. It is sneaky but it hurts you.
It cause you to see things you shouldnâ€™t see and one is a woman that is not your own. How many marriages have been destroyed by alcohol abuse.
It causes you to say things that you shouldnâ€™t and they are wicked, ugly things.
It makes you sick and beaten. You will feel like you have been beaten. The sad thing is that you will get up after it is over. You will forget where you were and what happened to you and go looking for it again.
It is making a fool out of you. Do you think it might be time to wake up?