Hard Sayings (2)
Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them! They have lyre and harp, tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts, but they do not regard the deeds of the LORD, or see the work of his hands (Isaiah 5:11-12).
Not too long ago, because I was unable to sleep, I went to a local restaurant in the early morning hours and had coffee and breakfast. The young waiter said to me that I was fortunate that I was not there earlier; about forty-five minutes previous to my visit was a large group of people winding down their raucous night. As I paid my bill and prepared to leave, I mentioned to him that I do not drink at all (we spoke earlier about it). He said that if one was not irresponsible, he did not think it was wrong to drink. In civil society, that would be true. Me, on the other hand, I have better things to do with my money than to spend it on “the devil’s brew.” Many people will mock such a sentiment as mine, but the Lord does not. I think I will stay on the Lord’s side. Will you?