Proverbs 23:29 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.
The world has falsely presented alcoholic consumption as a thing pleasurable, similar to the now politically incorrect cigarette advertisements of a few decades ago. Contrary to the one marketed to the world, the Bible presents a completely opposing portrait. Though changes subtly occur, alcohol eventually takes control of those who choose to continue their early participation. The Bible says, “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!” (Isaiah 5:11). Drinking may begin as a source of pleasure and stress reduction but it rarely, if ever, ends there. The ultimate outcome of the intake of alcohol is its consumption by a person from daytime until he drinks himself silly at night. The Bible describes some of the physical effects of this practice as: contentions, babbling, and redness of eyes. It also describes some of the byproducts as woe, sorrow, and wounds without cause. A sane world obedient to God would reject such outcomes if only they knew, understood, and obeyed the truth.
∙ (For children): A person addicted to alcohol cannot live without it. Proverbs 23:35 presents a sad story as does Isaiah 56:12. God does not want sin to control you (Romans 6:12). He wants you to allow Him to be in control of your life (Romans 6:22).
∙ (For everyone): Would you ever start drinking if you knew the possibility existed that you would get to the point where you had to drink more and more and longer and longer in order to fulfil your dependence?
∙ Have you ever spent time around those who partake alcohol in excess? Have you noticed the woe, sorrow, and contentions that have afflicted him resulting from the alcohol use?
∙ Thank God for joy and peace.
∙ Pray for those you know who have submitted to alcohol and its controlling effects.
SONG: YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION