Proverbs 31:4-7 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
King Lemuelâ€™s mother spoke to him as she helped prepare him for leadership. I think what she said is very interesting. She told him that kings, leaders are not to drink wine or strong drink.
She said that drinking would cause them not to think clearly, to forget their responsibilities and to mistreat the most needy.
She said that strong drink should be given to the one that was dying and wine to sad people. She said that their were people living in misery and poverty that should could drink and forget all their troubles.
Several things are interesting to me. These are the words of a mother to her son as she prepares him for leadership but they are also the words of the Holy Spirit as He writes them down for us.
Amazingly she tells her son that drinking might be for others but not for her son. She says that he is going to be a leader. He is going to be successful so drinking is not for him. She basically says that drinking might be for others but not for her son and not for leaders. Others can drink but then they aren’t her son, they aren’t leaders and they are losers.
I ask you to consider these verses. I would like to think that my mother would have thought that I was going to be a leader. What about you? I would like to think that my mother wouldnâ€™t have said well you are going to live in misery and poverty so you might as well go ahead and start drinking and try to forget your miserable life. I would hope that my mother would say, you are special, you are headed to leadership so stay away from the drink.
What do you think of yourself? What do you think of your children? What advice will you give them?