“Wine is a mocker and strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” (vs 1)
Regrettably, there are countless people who can testify of the danger and destructiveness that “strong drink” can have on a person, family and culture. Certainly, Paul instructed Timothy to take a little wine with his water because he was often sick. And to be sure, the kingdom of God is not based upon what you eat and drink but on righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, it is wise not to be led astray by strong drink. Do not ask, “Is this allowed?” but “Is this helpful.”
vs 3. Anyone can start a fight, but not everyone is able to cause one to cease.
vs 4. Laziness today will result in sorrow and hunger tomorrow.
vs 12. Jesus said one time, “Blessed are your eyes for they see.” The ability to perceive spiritual truth is a blessing from the Lord and He is the one responsible for the ability. Where then is boasting? It is excluded.
vs 21. The prodigal son can testify to this “an inheritance gained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.” Be patient and wait on the Lord.
“Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.” (vs 28)
This can be said of Jesus, the King of kings.