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"It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!" - Proverbs 31:4-7 (NIV). 

After his heroic escape from the floods that annihilated an entire nation, "Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent" (Gen 9:20-21). It was not good. While his son Ham minimised the impropriety of this and perhaps took it as a laughing matter, "But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward" (vv 23).

Here we see the dangers of drunkenness. Prior, Noah had been described as "a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God" (Gen 6:9). Following the end of the floods, God made a covenant with him, "I  establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth” (Gen 9:21). From that high, here he had become a toast.

Noah is not the only one who was exposed to such folly for being drunk. After the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah had been destroyed for their wickedness, leaving behind only Lot and his two daughters, in a moment of triumph, they decided, "Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.” That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up" (Gen 19:31-33). So much for imbibing an intoxicat.

There are other equally less flattering accounts of those who lost their state of mind once they took to the good drink. After Abigail had skillfully and soberly warded off King David's army from exacting revenge on Nabal who had earlier spurned him, "When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk" (I Sam 25:36).

Based on all this, many a wise person has decided to abstain from pertaking alcohol to avoid such dangers. This is not to say that alcoholic consumption is prohibited, but where one lacks self control, as we see here, why stretch the matter. As it is said, "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.." (Ephesians 5:18).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that you fill and satisfy me with your Holy Spirit, who energises me to do good and feel ever content, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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