This morning, I drove past a liquor store at 8:00 am. Two people were waiting outside for the doors to open. I had to ask myself why they might be there. Were they on a path that would leave them simply miserable?
These next few verses describe it.
“Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. ‘They hit me,’ you will say, ‘but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?’” Proverbs 23:29-35
Another drink...how sad.
Alcohol is a substitute for the joy you get when you are filled with the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t leave you on top. It puts you on the bottom.
Walk away and be filled with His Spirit.
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Please come into my life.