Proverbs 31: King James Bible
Clean and Sober – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verses 4-7
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Clean and Sober
Above, Lemuel’s mother is giving him a fair warning as well as sound advice. This is expanding upon what we talked about in the previous devotional “Warning the Way of Kings.”
A Just King
She wants her son to become a just king, and has previously spoken to him about staying away from destructive outside influences and to refrain from behaviors that would damage his position and kingdom. Now she’s encouraging him to stay clean and sober.
This is a queen mother talking to a prince. We’re not given any information on her husband, who would have been a king. Maybe being clean and sober was rare with her husband?
It is a possibility, that this wisdom was absorbed by experience, or witnessing the actions of either her husband or other kings. Perhaps even her father, who knows?
Though this might be likely, it doesn’t have to be the case. Good common sense and sound morals don’t have to come by experience. You don’t have to kill someone to later discover that it made no sense to do it, nor was it moral. The Word of God is a great example of learning morals without having to first break them.
She could have just been wise with learning rather than experiencing. But, her position certainly would cause for her to qualify for both of these to have been true.
Either way, she wants what’s best for her son, for her kingdom, and for the future of her family line. She knows that a just king will be best for every good circumstance, and that her son needs to aspire to reach that threshold.
Moral Judgment or Moral Judgement (depending which country you’re in)
Moral judgment becomes greatly impaired by alcohol. At the end of the day, wine and strong drink will land you in the same place, just one faster than the other.
How many times have we heard of people that behave one way clean and sober, but completely different under the influence of alcohol? How many of us have behaved completely different under the influence? Probably too many.
The Father tells us over and over, to use good judgment, and to shun the bad. If you want to blur the line between good and bad judgment, just add alcohol. Which is why the Lord would rather we refrain from taking part in it.
It’s one thing if we wind up getting drunk and doing something that is outside of our moral compass, but think of the severity of the decisions a king would have to make! Think of him making decisions that would impact his entire kingdom through a drunken haze!
At best, his decisions would be skewed, at worst he could cause the downfall of the entire kingdom.
But Jesus drank wine!
Nobody is saying that it is a sin to wet the palette with wine. But to drink for the sake of drinking doesn’t qualify as such. Intent, integrity, good sense, and a host of conscience decisions is involved to be responsible if you’re going to have a drink.
How many decent people are sitting in jail right now due to a flaw in their system? How many people figured they know when they’ve had enough, and went out and plowed into another vehicle, wounding or killing the other car’s inhabitants?
How many people have done something that they’ll regret for the rest of their lives, by their good judgement being transformed into bad through drunkenness? Probably too many to count.
Isn’t it better just to avoid the possibility of physical as well as spiritual contamination by remaining clean and sober? Personally, I believe so.
Addictions are rough, and spiritually speaking, there is a spirit that thrives on addictions such as drugs and alcohol. Some would say that is the reasoning how one person could behave so demonically out of character due to being under the influence.
All the more reason that the Lord would rather us be wise concerning this issue. Not everything is sinful, but on the other hand, not everything is a good idea, or wise to partake in.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 14: King James Bible
20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
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.
1 Peter 4: King James Bible
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
Thank you for your Word, and for the warnings you give us concerning temptations and addictions that threaten our well being, and also the well being of those around us. Help us Father, if any of your saints suffer from addictions to anything that you’d rather them not be, save us from those addictions. If we partake in anything that would cloud our judgement, or blur the clear line between good and evil, remove it from us Father, and fill that space with good fruit of the Spirit. Cut us free from addictions, and remove any demonic spirit that has attached themselves or influence us in any way. May they have no more right of passage, not any opened windows for them to sneak into. Cleanse us all Father, for your glory, and so we would serve you better. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Ever notice how the flesh always craves things that won’t keep us clean and sober, but dirty and altered?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 20 P. 277 – Wine and Strong Drink
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 20 P. 284 – Throne of Judgement
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 23 P. 357 – Alcohol Woes
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 21 P. 299 – Justice and Judgement
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 29 P. 455 – Showing Good Judgement