One of the easiest habit to indulge in is drinking alcohol. It taste good, makes you feel good, gives you a sense of belonging among your peers, seen as a source of fun and entertainment while also acting as a source of courage builder.
All these may sound good to the ear and the flesh might also want to take part in it and ‘feel happy’ but above all the feeling is the truth, the true words of God that are to serve as a guidance and path for us to walk by.
Charity they say begins at home and what a man becomes, he start exhibiting from the corner of his room. That is why the bible says “Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life” (Proverbs 22:6). This is exactly what the Queen, King Lemuel’s mother did. While King Lemuel was still a Prince, she instill in him self discipline, she told him;
“Listen, Lemuel. Kings should not drink wine or have a craving for alcohol. When they drink, they forget the laws and ignore the rights of people in need” ~ Proverbs 31:4-5 (GNT)
You might say you are a great drinker and will never get drunk. There is no such thing as a great drinker but a drunkard. It is not all drunkards that sleep on the streets or in the gutter or walk so badly for everyone to notice but once you can do what you would not ordinarily have done or say under the influence of alcohol, then you are a drunkard.
The bible never said alcohol is not good, what it says is that it is not ideal for Kings to drink alcohol as it will make them misbehave and forget about the affairs of the people while the enemy might use that opportunity to perpetuate its evil plans with the King giving his support without actually knowing what he is going into, but the bible did say;
“Alcohol is for people who are dying, for those who are in misery. Let them drink and forget their poverty and unhappiness.” ~ Proverbs 31:6-7 (GNT)
This means that alcohol, when taken makes one forget all that he is, all that he is faced with and all that is expected of him. That’s why the bible suggested that alcohol is for those who are dying and those in misery, so that they can forget their unhappiness. This, I believe will give room for counselling as whatever negative plan they might have, such as committing suicide, they would have forgotten about at that moment and the stress they have been going through will seem reduced as they will be with a lighter heart.
Even with the bible’s prescription of the use of alcohol, comes a warning. One must not form an habit of drinking alcohol or getting intoxicated with it.
Being tipsy is a sign of being drunk but still at its early stage.
The dictionary defined a drunkard as one who is habitually drunk and defined drunk as being affected by alcohol to the extent of loosing control of ones faculties or behavior.
The bible says;
“Surely you know that the wicked will not possess God’s Kingdom. Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves—none of these will possess God’s Kingdom.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
It is therefore important to stay away from drinking as our final destination is the kingdom of heaven which is Gods kingdom and since there is no space for drunkards in there, it is highly important that we keep off all that may hinder us from getting into Gods kingdom.