Ephesians 5:18 – In this passage, Paul addresses drunkenness. But, writing a big treatise about alcohol is not his main point. It is one point on his way to making a larger point about followers of Jesus who are to be filled, not with wine, but with the Spirit.
The danger of drunkenness is that it substitutes for the real thing. Psalm 104:14-15, “You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.” Wine is intended to “gladden” man’s heart – but only as a temporary taste of future, lasting joy. It’s supposed to point to wine shared at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Where do you turn when the days are evil (v. 16)? Don’t turn to drunkenness; turn to the Spirit. Anything of value that alcohol gives is passing and but a mirage of what the Spirit gives in lasting abundance.
Psalm 4:7-8, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
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