Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
In all of this talk about behaviour, wisdom, foolishness and opportunity we see that one way of wasting the opportunities that come our way is drunkenness.
18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion
The second part of this verse refers to utter excess. Someone who is devoid of any voice of wisdom, counsel or direction. The Bible calls such behaviour foolish because drunkenness is something that often leads people to other things. In Matthew Henrys commentary we read:
Drunkenness is a sin that never goes alone, but carries men into other evils; it is a sin very provoking to God. The drunkard holds out to his family and to the world the sad spectacle of a sinner hardened beyond what is common, and hastening to perdition. When afflicted or weary, let us not seek to raise our spirits by strong drink, which is hateful and hurtful, and only ends in making sorrows more felt. But by fervent prayer let us seek to be filled with the Spirit, and to avoid whatever may grieve our gracious Comforter.
Take some time today to pray for those who struggle with alcohol.
If you are a parent pray for your children asking God to protect them from the vices of the world
Pray for any struggle you might have with alcohol yourself