Proverbs 23: King James Bible
Be not Among Them – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verse
20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Be not Among Them
In the two verses above, we’ve got a cocktail of different iniquities going on, that the Lord would rather us remove ourselves from. Two of which are obvious, but they are both leading to others.
Those being slotherly or sluggardly behavior, that comes by way of drunkard or gluttonous lifestyles. There is no shortage of “riches to rags” testimonies out there, as it relates to things such as drugs, alcohol, or gluttonous behavior.
These iniquities once adopted can destroy families, reputations, one’s way of life, and for far too many, death itself. I think that many of us either have been, or have known people whose life revolves around substances such as drugs or alcohol, and have been in the unfortunate position to witness the downward spiral.
The odd thing about the two verses above, is that they are not warning us against these iniquities, but rather warning us about being among them. This doesn’t mean avoid these people in total, but remove yourself from them when they are partaking in their iniquities, and refuse to be among them while they’re either drunk or drinking (whatever the case is). Don’t do what they’re doing.
By doing this, you are making your disapproval known without preaching to them, and you’re preventing yourself from getting caught up in the troubles that they are inflicting upon themselves. Misery loves company, and I’ve found it an incredible thing how people that have these issues prove it out.
Also, by removing ourselves from these situations, it may cause others to wonder why that is. There may be an opportunity to share the gospel, and get some truth into their ears because of your conduct. As the Petra song goes, “Seen and not Heard.”
When we take the position to live according to the Word of the Lord, people by default start asking questions. There’s your chance to share the gospel, and plant those seeds that can blossom into good fruit one day. Perhaps even repenting from their iniquities, seeking the grace of the Father to cleanse their hearts.
We will never truly have any idea just how observed we are as the children of the Most High God. My guess is that we’ll either never know, or will find out later on throughout eternity with the Lord. Either way, it’s far better to assume that you are being observed as a Christian, rather than assuming that nobody’s looking.
Because no matter what, the Father is always present, and is always observing you, watching how you handle things. That should be enough reason to live the way he says to, right?
As always, he cares for us, and is warning us about landing into pitfalls that others are falling into headlong. It’s a difficult thing to show someone a way out of a pit, when you’re in that same pit yourself.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 20: King James Bible
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Luke 21: King James Bible
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Romans 12: King James Bible
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
1 Corinthians 6: King James Bible
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Thank you for the warnings and the instruction that you’ve preserved for us throughout the entirety of your Word. You have placed people into our lives for reasons that we may never see. Help us to be the example you will for us to be, and to serve you in the best possible way concerning those who are deep into their iniquities. May we be removed from among them and set apart, that they would realize how far they’ve fallen. Not because we are any better than they are, but because you are, and need you to lift them up. May their eyes be opened to the difference between life with you, and death without you. May they choose life. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever had anyone inquire as to why you’ve chosen to be not among them, while they’re fueling their iniquities?