DCLM Higher Everyday 18 May 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Wine is a mocker
TOPIC: WINE IS A MOCKER
TEXT: PROVERBS 20:1-5
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
MEMORY VERSE: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (PROVERBS 20:1).
History has uncovered that most colonial masters subsidized alcoholic drinks to be very cheap for indigenes of their colonies. By this, they drank and lost their wisdom to defend the wealth which their oppressors carted away. They even signed some documents that enslaved them under the influence of liquor.
Today, the effects of love for sinful pleasures and intoxicants are very shameful. Wine is a silent mocker which fills its captive with shame and wounds. Many accidents on our roads attest to the damage from strong drinks.
Words of wisdom from our text, classify wine along with strong drink. Wine will take away vigilance from the godly and put him on the path of the ungodly. Where merry making preoccupies a people, crime rate is always high. Strife, fighting and immorality are also common in party houses and clubs.
To remain sober and holy in thoughts and actions, we must reject strong drinks, hard drugs and excess pleasure. Can you remember great men who fell by wine? The list includes Noah, powerful Samson, Kings Ahasuerus and Belshazzar. Avoid the poison which destroys kings.
QUOTE: Avoid the poison which destroys kings.
CHALLENGE: Say no to intoxicants and drunkenness.
PRAYER: Oh God, give me wisdom to avoid intoxicants in Jesus’ Name.