Celebrity Poison (Part 8)
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Proverbs 20:1 (NKJV)
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18 (NKJV)
For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles--when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
1 Peter 4:3 (NKJV)
At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: 'They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?'
Proverbs 23:32-35 (NKJV)
We know drug and alcohol abuse is a major temptation. Intoxicants smile at us and extend a hand of friendship; they promise escape from boredom and depression. We also know this escape is temporary--often with strings attached. We're smart enough to see these strings can grow into ropes and chains.
But do we see who holds the other end of the chain? Because intoxicants are just bait, like cheese to a mouse or honey to a fly. The chain holder is Satan. By addiction, we become his slaves.
My problem with some celebrities is their glamorization of intoxication. They present it as fun and acceptable: a rite of passage into the benefits of adulthood--available for any child with the courage to step up to the bar. But this bar can be deadly. Every drink, pill, sniff, puff or injection can bind the immature and unaware to a life of misery.
What's the antidote for intoxication?
In one word: joy. In three words: good, clean fun. 'Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit' (Romans 15:13).
Consider King David. He was a celebrity. He suffered insults, betrayals, the death of a child, the loss of a throne and family problems that would headline every tabloid today. The Psalms describe David's anguish in detail. But he knew how to escape his misery: how to have good, clean fun. Here's his secret:
When you learn to 'Give all your worries to Him' (1 Peter 5:7), you're free to enjoy your life without the crutch of intoxication. David put it this way:
'The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him' (Psalm 28:7). 'Then David danced before the Lord with all his might' (2 Samuel 6:14).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Celebrity Poison series.