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Grace Moments Devotions - May 18, 2016

May 18

Is Alcohol My Friend or Foe?

Wine is one of God’s gifts to the human race. It eases stress and brings a smile—Psalm 104:15 says that it “gladdens the heart of man” (women seem to like it too). Jesus created 120 gallons of it to bless a wedding reception and even chose it as part of his holy meal of love and forgiveness.

But our sinful minds and damaged willpower are vulnerable to Satan’s temptations. Careless alcohol use can make us act crazy or become its slaves. Even saints sometimes get stupid: “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” (Genesis 9:20,21).

Do you think people set out in life to become alcoholics? Do you think people crave the experience of alcohol withdrawal, liver damage, DWI arrests, uncontrollable vomiting, and slavery to liter after liter of vodka? Of course not.

When slaves of alcohol cry out to God for deliverance, he sends it. Pay attention—listen to his Word for strength, forgiveness, and direction. Listen to your family members and accept their help in cutting through the lies and pretending. Listen to your AA counselor and support group. “Apart from me you can do nothing,” Jesus said (John 15:5). With him you can do all things.


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Originally published May 18, 2016.