A short devotional on Proverbs 23:29-35. Want to talk? Email us at email@example.com.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The texts today is kind of a tough one. It's not a topic that we often like to talk about as Christians. But if we are trying to seek God's way, and live this better quality, more meaningful life God wants us to have, sometimes we have to talk about the things that are not so fun.
Today's text is a warning about consuming alcohol. It is true, the Bible does not strictly forbid drinking alcohol, but when you begin to look at all the counsel, it has some pretty convincing arguments that alcohol won't contribute to a good life in the long run.
I also know it is addictive, and there are godly people who struggle with it. I didn't choose this text to shame anyone. We all have our struggles. Certainly I have had mine, and have shared some of them on this podcast.
But it is something we need to think about when we think of living a good quality, wise life.
Proverbs 23:29-35 says:
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
32 In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
35 “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?”
If you are struggling with alcohol addiction and want to quit, please reach out. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can find a place in your area to help you. We all have problems.
It's okay. It's part of being human. Maybe today is the day.
Thanks for connecting.
May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow