Proverbs 23:20-23 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
What happens to a ship if the captain lets go of the wheel? What happens in a car if you sit back and do not drive, but just press on the gas? How many safe landings do you think a plane would make if the Pilot and Co-Pilots were to go back and sit with the passengers during landing? What happens to a life that is lived with no one directing it and no one in control?
The answers to all these questions are the same, there is going to be a disaster. The ship will sail off course and end up where it did not want to be. The car will swerve out of control, destroying itself and most likely others around. The plane will take a nosedive killing everyone aboard. In addition, a life lived out of control will lead to a certain catastrophe.
This is a life that says eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. To some degree, we all feel this statement is true. We are all going to die, right? The answer is NO! We must eat to sustain life and we must sleep to rest our body. However, we must also obey and surrender our life God so we will never die.
Our Christian life is all about control. We need to sleep, but not be lazy and not work. We need to eat, but not to the neglect others at the table, or to the point we cannot move to do the Lord’s work. We should enjoy life, not as those who numb it with alcohol, but as those who love and enjoy the life God has given us. As believers we never die. Our fleshly bodies may go in the grave, but our soul will live eternally in glory. Living out of control and without God not only puts the body in the grave, but you face a second death, which is an eternity away from God’s love. At the second death, you have lost all control eternally.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
So, what is the difference? It is control. A life lived in a manner pleasing to God is a life lived in control. The question now is who is in control? Give your life to Jesus and let Him be in control.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Zechariah 11 – Malachi 4 / Proverbs 23:20-23
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Ecc. 5-6 / Gal. 1
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