#DailyDevotion Sunday June 4, 2017
“Who has the woe? Who has the sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowels of mixed wine”
Today is Pentecost Sunday—a Christian feast that celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. Christians are being commanded to Live by the Spirit, Keep in step with the Spirit. “In Christ, the passion of the flesh and its desires must be subject to the Spirit, it must be crucified and should no longer be the master of the believer” (Julius I. Tabi). Wine or alcohol is one of the things that a believer should not be given to, anyone given to wine does not only suffer the woes of wine but also is likely to be led by wine.
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The nineteenth wise sayings of king Solomon cautions against being given to wine. He starts by asking these rhetoric questions; “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaint? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? (Proverbs 23:29). He then answers these questions saying;
“Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. ‘They hit me,’ you will say, ‘but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?’” (Proverbs 23:30-35).
I was nearly given to wine/alcohol and I have known hundreds of people given to wine. I have seen how wine has ruined the lives of many. I have seen how those given to wine stagger and run out of their senses. I have known of folks who lose faith, family, job, friends, and literally everything because of being given to wine. There are lots of woes and sorrows that are a result of being given to wine. A disciple of Christ should be filled by the Holy Ghost other than being be given to wine. The bible clearly commands;
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit, speaking with one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18-19).
I agree with king Solomon that “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). Be wise, do not be given to wine and you will avoid the woes and sorrows of wine. Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.