Meditation

12/29/2021

Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they have inflamed with wine. They have harps and lyres at their banquets, tambourines and flutes and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of his hands. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:11-12, 22)

These verses pronounce judgment on those who have sought ultimate value for their lives in strong drink. Alcohol makes us forget what God has done for us and so distorts our moral perceptions we do not realize we stand under divine judgment. Strong drinks do not make us forget or lose our ethics, morality, and relationships beloved. We do this all by ourselves for allowing alcohol lord over our lives instead of the Lord Himself, who patiently waits for us to turn back to Him and repent of our sins.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, we lift up those in our lives who have destroyed their families, loved ones, jobs, and relationships for the sole reason of our choice of alcohol over all the things we love in this world. Today, we lift up all those who have fallen into the trap of alcohol and it excesses, and bring them back to You. For those in our paths, we ask that you guide them to us for help, and the message of salvation that only come from You. We know You can break the hold of alcohol on anyone, so that they then are able to once again hear the message of eternal salvation through repentance and find the forgiveness that they so desperately need in their lives and for those around them. We also ask for healing for those affected by alcohol, that they too can find guidance and help to avoid the same fate for themselves. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

The wages of sin is death—-quite now, before payday!”

KNOWING GOD:

I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruits.” (Amos 9:14)

God has always sought to bring His people back together in harmony and justice, and in communities. Alcohol is spoken of many times in His Word. Wine was a commonplace business in this time and is more so today. It is not the wine that causes people to drink and drink and drink; it is merely their choice to try and forget their problems. It becomes a stranglehold on the individual, but it affects every member of the individuals family and friends. It destroys relationships. God does not condemn wine or strong drink; instead, He reaches out to each one with His love and desire to help them break the chains of addiction. At the same time, His love flows like a river for those around the individual, to be able to understand their sickness and cravings, and He leads them to forgive the one who is in the depths of addiction. For anyone needing help, there is help in abundance, but you must want it for yourself. There are people who will help you, organizations that are designed for the sole purpose of help people with addictions. Pray this prayer: “Lord, I am a sinner and I have lost control over my drinking or addiction, and I need Your help. I cannot do this by myself and need the help only You can provide for me. I know it won’t be easy, but I am ready today to walk the road to sobriety, but I need You to walk with me! This, I pray. Amen.

I AM:

Now overseers and deacons must be above reproach, the husband of but one with wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family and well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.” (1st Timothy 3:3-4)

These verses apply to all clergy, teachers an church leaders. They must set examples for others to follow. The standards are high, but they must be. Someone with problems with addictions are not what is expected by the church or its leadership for that matter. If someone has dealt with a problem and asked for help, received it, and is now ready for leadership positions, it would be appropriate. This goes for anyone dealing with addiction, whatever they are, they must be dealt with before being considered for a position in any church, for if not, the temptation to fail is much higher than they even realize.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard.’ But wisdom is proved right by their actions.” (Matthew 11:18-19)

The practice of John the Baptist, a Nazirite and Jesus were manipulated by Jesus’ enemies. The point of the cynical attacks on Jesus and John was not the drinking or non drinking of wine. There is no basis for believing the charge of Jesus being a glutton and a drunkard. Though John was an ascetic, logic would not allow that he had a demon. Thus, both charges were pointless except for providing means of slander by the Pharisees.

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