Proverbs 20:1 Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
Proverbs 23:19 My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.
20 Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons, 21 for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags.
Today’s proverb concerns drunkenness, which already makes this an upopular one to many people. Let’s start by disposing of the belief that merely drinking any alcohol is bad. Being as Jesus turned water into wine, it would imply that alcohol is not an inherently bad thing. So why does it get mentioned so much in scripture?
The key here is the word drunkenness. It’s not, man who has one beer, it is someone who has too much. Especially if they do this regularly. Let’s face it, the results of being drunk are rarely good. Add in the surroundings that go along with alcohol and you can understand why proverbs is warning us against this. The important thing to get here is; although there is the belief that getting drunk only hurts yourself, Christians need to come to terms with the fact that it hurts those around them too. Lastly, it is another thing that God has said for us to abstain from. The choice is ours; follow God, or be controlled by the flesh.
Luke 34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”