How are you coping during Cov-19 Shelter in Place?
Have you turned to alcohol as a comforter? When isolated a period of time, you become bored and stressed out. How many people say I have drunked more alcohol, wine and champagne more than I have ever before because this shelter in place is taking toll. Worrying about am I safe from Cov-19. I want to share a word with you. I hope it changes your life and give you something to think about.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?
The soothing comfort of alcohol is only temporary heal. Relief comes from dealing with the cause of the anguish and sorrow and turning to God for peace. Don't lose yourself in alcohol; find yourself in God. Israel was a wine producing country. In the Old Testament wine presses bursting with new wine were considered a sign of blessing Proverbs 3:10. Wisdom is even said to have set her table with wine Proverbs 9:2-5. But the Old Testament writers were alert to the dangers of wine. It dulls the senses, it limits clear judgment Proverbs 31:1-9. It lowers the capacity for control Proverbs 4:17. It destroys a person's efficiency Proverbs 21:17. To make wine an end in itself, a means of self-indulgence or as an escape from life is to misuse it and invite the consequences of the drunkard.
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