For the month of May, we will be Praying Through The Proverbs. Unlike a Bible study, we will simply pray a few key Scriptures each day. We’ll concentrate on how these verses apply to our individual lives, and ask God to reveal to us if there is anything specific we need to repent of or work on. Today we consider Chapter 23.*
Today’s verses warn against over-indulgence.
Key Verses in Chapter 23:
v.1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throuat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
Here, the author speaks specifically to a wealthy ruler trying to lure one in with lavish food and delicacies. But as Daniel knew (Dan. 1:8), food can be deceptive, and giving into gluttony will only hurt you.
v.20-21 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Besides being unhealthy, continual over-indulgence in food and/or drink will interfere with your being able to work well, and eventually, you may find you’ve become a poor, fat drunk (to put it bluntly). There’s nothing positive or admirable about any of those things. And stuffing yourself, or drinking yourself til you’re numb, will never fill the emotional or spiritual holes in your heart; you will only bring yourself more despair. Only God can bring real healing.
v.31-33 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 imagine conufsing things.
Wine – or any strong drink – may look enticing and go down smoothly, but over-indulging will bring the inevitable hangover…and possibly some serious consequences for poor choices made after indulging. This is why it is so important to exercise self-control…whether it’s with food or drink.
Father God, I humbly enter this, my secret place, and acknowledge I am in the Presence of the One True God. Thank You for meeting me here. Forgive me so I can stand in Your Presence clean and holy.
Give me the self-discipline to make wise choices in eating and when drinking. Forgive me for the times I haven’t made good decisions and have abused the body You’ve given me; Your holy temple. I want to always have a clear mind and healthy body so I can do the work You purposed me for.
In Jesus’ Name I pray…