|The Priceless Woman Study|
January 6, 2012 • By Pastor Wendy Williams
6Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. (KJV)
Solomon continues by writing his mother’s caution about drinking wine and strong drink in verse 6. Her prophecy must have made quite an impact upon him because he wrote about it in detail. Not only should he not give away his strength unto women, but also he shouldn’t drink, because it was not befitting kings & princes. Drunkenness would pervert his gift of an understanding heart to judge the people. His mother had explained strong drink should be reserved only for good purposes, such as: to anesthetize a person who was near death. At least it would provide some pain relief and comfort in their last days and hours. And, the excessive use of wine was acceptable only during times of great stress for people who were depressed or in mourning. They could forget their troubles for awhile by drinking wine. Solomon’s mother was making a contrast between his being a king against mere commoners who were in dire circumstances. Surely, he wouldn’t want to put himself in their place with his drinking.
I am reminded of the time when I drank my first cocktail at a formal dinner dance in college. I didn’t realize you were supposed to sip rather than drink. I didn’t like the taste of it, but I didn't want anyone to know I was a novice. So I held my breath and drank it down all at once, and I became intoxicated. Although I was wearing a beautiful floor-length gown, I was a mess. I was really embarrassed because I was a female, and my friends had to help me to the restroom. I knew I had lost the respect of everyone at the event. I vowed to never let that happen again in life. Can you remember an embarrassing time in your life?....or a time when you escaped danger? That’s why we’re on this journey together. If the enemy had his way, many of us would have been destroyed a long time ago. If we’re honest with ourselves, we can think of the countless times when we had a close call here or there. We might have even lost our lives. Whether it was the fault of our own poor choices, or the fault of others, it is by the Grace of God that we are all still here. That’s something to thank God for. Glory to God!!! (Repeat the GEM FOR TODAY)
GEM FOR TODAY: Father, I thank You for Your protection during the times You have preserved me. It is by Your grace that I am still here, and I am able to receive Your instruction. Thank You for loving me. Teach me your will, and teach me your ways, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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