The Mocker

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging (a brawler): and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Proverbs 20:1

I received a call one Monday morning from a man whom I did not recognize. He asked me some questions and it seemed like he knew me, but he would not reveal who he was. I racked my brain, and I could not place him for the life of me. We spoke for about 45 minutes on the first call, and he advised he would see me on Friday at Freedom That Lasts. I was curious to see who he was, and I wondered how could I forget someone I had met. He showed up on Friday, and I realized I had never met this man, so I was unsure how he knew some things about me and then I just relegated myself to the probability that he took some wild guesses and was right on some things. A lady who attends FTL had invited him, and the card she gave him had my information on it. I invited him to my group, and he opened up to why he was there.

I got to know this man, and he called me on occasion but he did not immediately return to FTL. I tried to reach out to him, and I even went to his house to pay him a visit. He started to attend occasionally and his phone calls to me became quite frequent. I would sometimes wake up to lengthy voicemail messages that were left in the middle of the night and my text message box stated 70 unread messages. The voicemails were somewhat indecipherable, and it was clear that he was inebriated, which explained why his messages made no sense. I was burdened for this man and I knew he needed help. He shared with me that he was a believer but he struggled and even had given up driving to eliminate the risk. I paid him a visit at another time and it did not go so well, and I had to leave to avoid physical conflict and I was concerned for him.

He has stopped by the church several times and placed gifts in our Freedom That Lasts box for me, and I thanked him for his generosity. He went through a period where he was sober for six months, but his phone calls after this period reflected he had fallen again and enticed by the mocker known as alcohol. I had to block his number until he started to call me from his home phone. I have not spoken to him in about a year, but I am still concerned for my friend. I dread the call I may get one day, but I pray he is able to turn his life around before this occurs. I know he wants the victory over this addiction, but it is a battle that has cost him much in his life. He is estranged from his wife and kids and he lives with his mom. I am not sure if he has any true friends left, but I am burdened for him.

I find it difficult to hear when Christians talk about social and moderate drinking, not recognizing the danger that alcohol is. When I was younger, I had my own problem with alcohol, and I promised my new wife that she would never find me drunk in our marriage. I have honored that promise, unlike the promise I made to not make her cry. Alcohol is not to be toyed with, and if we could fully realize the damage it has done to homes, families and society, we would likely make a different choice. Alcohol mocks us when we think we can play with it and control it. I have seen it ruin far too many lives, and I know my parents have seen for themselves alcohol’s destructive effect in their families. We would be wise to abstain from that which alters the mind as Proverbs is filled with the warning of the destructive nature that alcohol leaves in it wake. I am still tempted from time to time, but the more I say “no”, the easier it becomes. God has helped me in those moments, and I am no longer attracted to its allure and it is now off-putting and repugnant to me.

Where are you today friend? Are you dabbling in social drinking? Has alcohol taken over your life? Do you find yourself longing for that mocker? Do you need help with this destructive sin? Do you make excuses for your drinking? Ephesians 5:18 states, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” What will you be filled with? Will you lose control of yourself or will you allow the Spirit to fill you with good works? Do not be deceived by the great deceiver, Satan, and his use of alcohol to destroy your life. Choose wisely what you drink and may we give God glory in all that we do. A drunkard always started with the first drink, so it would wise not to meddle with it. A wise man will heed to the warning, but a fool will always learn the hard way. Which will you choose today?

Stay in the Fight!

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