Saturday, December 1, 2012
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1 KJV).
While alcoholic beverages are commonly assumed to alleviate the pain in coping with life’s problems, today’s Scripture demonstrates that such liquids only worsen one’s troubles.
Once, a nameless individual, an alcoholic, left his wife. She thought he was never coming back. A month later, he suddenly returned. Why? He told her that while he was away, a former alcoholic approached him, and gave him some advice: “I used to be where you are. Let me tell you, you will not find the answer in the bottom of that can.” Right there, he realized that that stranger was right. The beer did not help him do anything but cause him to flee from his problems, and thus make them worse!
Beloved, if you are struggling with problems, alcoholic beverages are not the answer. In fact, today’s Scripture warns that “wine” “mocks” and “deceives” its consumer. It makes him or her think that it is the only answer to their stress. “Strong drink” causes “raging” (anger, shouting, arguing, and so on). See, alcohol just exacerbates life’s difficulties.
Every problem in life is the result of sin (either our bad decisions, or someone else’s). Alcohol is not the liquid that is the answer to your problems because alcohol is not the answer to sin. “…[T]he blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). The only answer to sin is the blood of Christ shed on Calvary’s cross! Because Christ’s blood washes away our sins, it enables us to cope in this sin-cursed world.
If you have never trusted Jesus Christ alone as your personal Saviour, why not do it today? Jesus Christ died for all of your sins, He was buried to put away those sins, and then He was raised again to give you His resurrected life, when you trust Him alone!
In Christ, we have resources to cope with all of life’s troubles. The blood of Christ gives us this victory, for Christ’s blood is “the liquid that is the answer.”