Lenten Day 27: DRUNKENNESS, OVERFEEDING, SURFEITING, BANQUETING AND CARES OF LIFE
DAY 27- Sunday
Topic – DRUNKENNESS, OVERFEEDING, SURFEITING, BANQUETING AND CARES OF LIFE (ÌMOTÍPARA, MÍMU SÌGÁ, ÌKOKÒ, TÁBÀ; ÀJEKÌ TÀBI AIYÉ ÀJĘJÙ)
Lesson – Isaiah 5:11-16
Drunkenness is a state of being drunk; intoxication, heavy drinking, alcoholism, alcohol abuse etc. Drunkenness is one of the spirits of the flesh (Galatian 5:21) that God condemns and its end is Eternal condemnation.
As a kingdom citizen, we are expected to shun drinking of alcohol and its subordinates. God condemns drinking of alcohol and cursed the drinkers because it’s an abomination – Isaiah 5:11 “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!”. Bible confirms that drunkenness and its subordinates activate bad behaviours – Romans 13:13; 1 Peter 4:3
DAMAGE OF ALCOHOL TO A CHRISTIAN LIFE
1. Alcohol brings on irrational behaviour: After the flood the Bible says, “And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside” (Gen. 9:20-22).
Would Noah have become “drunk” and “uncovered in his tent” if he had not “drank the wine”? Would Ham have had opportunity to display disrespect for his father on this occasion had his father not consumed alcohol?
2. Alcohol impairs consciousness and suppresses righteousness: Following the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s daughters reasoned with one another saying, “Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father” (Gen. 9:32).
The text goes on to say, “So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose” (Gen. 9:33).
Would a “righteous” man like Lot (see 2 Pet. 3:7) have engaged in such an abominable act had alcohol not been involved?
3. Alcohol leads to twisted speech and vision: Of those who consume alcoholic beverages the Proverb writer says, “Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things” (Prov. 23:33). Things that should never have been said will be said when one is under the influence of alcohol.
4. Alcohol impairs judgment and reason: “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes intoxicating drink; lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted” (Prov. 31:4-5).
The consumption of alcohol will lead one to mistreat others by breaking down all barriers of restraint and reason.
5. Alcohol leads one astray: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Prov. 20:1). To be led astray is the same as being deceived or led into error. The consumption of alcohol will lead a man down an entirely different path than the one he intended to travel.
5. Alcohol leads to eternal condemnation: The apostle Paul writes that among the “works of the flesh” are, “envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:21).
The most devastating effect of alcohol is not the damage it may do to one’s liver or the physical harm a drunk-driver may do to an innocent victim. The most devastating effect of the consumption of alcohol is that it will separate a soul from God for all eternity.
Finally, it is amazing, in light of all that the Bible says on the subject, that some brethren will still try to justify the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The Bible is very clear on the effects that alcohol has on human lives. For the faithful and Kingdom citizen, the biblical perspective should settle the matter once and for all.
Oh! God Almighty take my life completely and remove every spirit of intoxication in my life in Jesus name
Ap. James Akingboye
ESOCS Ogo Sioni – Ebute Metta Province