An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Use As Directed

(Proverbs 23:20 KJV)  Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:

Sin is generally the result of taking something God has given to us for the good and using it in a way void of righteousness.  A good example would be the drug morphine.  When my mother was at the end of her life, morphine kept the pain at bay.  When my wife was in recovery from surgery, morphine was used to keep her from screaming in agony.  It has made life better for millions of people.  It has also ruined millions of lives when used in excess.  It is addictive and deadly.  The same substance that saves lives, kills.

Our context mentions alcohol and food.  Other verses talk about sex, profit, sleep, and almost every other activity that God has given us or made possible.  The principle continues to apply.  Used as intended these are gifts from God for a good life.  Used other ways they destroy.

So?  Drive you car as intended.  Eat you food as intended.  Love your family as intended.  Let the blessings God intended be set loose in your life. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Even as a kid, I realized that all medicines are merely watered down or temporarily used poisons. It seems a little ironic.

Pumice said...

Even pure oxygen can damage your lungs. And how about a carburetor running too rich?

Grace and peace