Take Heed

“And Noah began to be an husbandman (farmer), and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.“

Genesis 9:20-21

I once struggled with alcohol and was what the Bible would call a drunkard. I did not party everyday but I drank to get drunk and found myself in a drunken stupor. I was a fool and it scared me enough that I knew I had to make changes in my life. I was about to get married and did not want to bring this sin into my marriage. I promised myself that I would abstain from drinking because I knew it would ruin my marriage. Proverbs 20:1 states, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging (a brawler): and whosoever is deceived (led astray) thereby is not wise.”

I learned early on that strong drink is deceiving and brings many to ruin. I have seen alcohol destroy lives, and it was the demise of my grandfather and uncle. I would like to say I never touched the stuff once I got married, but I have stumbled a time or two. I have not gotten into a drunken stupor, but I have been fooled into thinking it was okay to drink on occasion. I regret those times I gave in, and I never want to go back to what I was. I am reminded of the verse found in II Corinthians 5:17 which states, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

I think of Noah and how God used him in mighty way and it is even said in Genesis 6:9b that, “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” This verse does not mean that Noah was without sin, but it does mean that he had a sincere desire to walk with God. It is not said if it was Noah’s desire to be drunk, but nonetheless, he was deceived by the effects of alcohol. Alcohol is not something to be played with and it is better to avoid it altogether than to meddle with even the smallest drop. Luke 21:34 states, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged (weighed down) with surfeiting (carousing), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.”

Where are you today friend? Are you dabbling in the bottle that never brings about satisfaction? Proverbs 23:31-32 warns us, “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself alright. At the last it bitter like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Are you playing with things you ought not to be playing with? The Devil is relentless and will not stop until he destroys our lives. Will you heed the examples God has set forth in His Word or will you learn the hard way? Life is a harsh teacher, but a word to the wise is always sufficient. May we stay away from that which will destroy, and may we follow after righteousness and take heed to what God’s Word says.

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