Their destiny is similar to those who tarry long over wine.
Their lives will be full of sorrow, strife, complaining, and hurt unless they repent (Proverbs –35).
The alcoholic’s problem is simple — he or she thinks that alcohol is greater than anything in the universe.
They drown life’s problems, trials, and disappointments in a bottle.
Recently, an old friend messaged me and asked for prayer. He said that it had been clear for quite some time that she was done. Even though we hadn’t talked in years and I’d only met his wife once back when they were dating, my heart sank. I don’t know the details of their marriage and separation, so the following isn’t an indictment on the couple in any way.
He had come home from work to discover an empty house and an absent wife and child. But anytime I hear stories of divorce and abandonment, I can’t help but think about the serious and weighty call of marriage and how lightly we too often take it.
When you compare the effects of drunkenness to those of infatuation, you find a lot of similarities.
Drunkenness causes irrational behavior (Genesis –22), suppresses our conscience (Genesis –25), and impairs our ability to make good judgment (Proverbs 31:4–5). Those driven by their passions and lusts are usually irrational, go against what their conscience says is right and wrong, and make terrible decisions that could negatively affect the rest of their lives.
Paul exhorts young Timothy to “always be sober-minded” (2 Timothy 4:5).
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
It becomes dangerous when it’s confused with the love it takes to make a marriage last. They date for about six months, enjoy the euphoric experience that a new relationship brings, and then break up when real life begins and infatuation ends. Serial daters generally have a hard time once they decide to marry because committing to one man or one woman means giving up access to the experience they crave.
They lived life drunk on dopamine and now they’ve made a commitment that keeps them from that high.