Time off from work often leads to a time-out in life. A time-out from responsibility, a time-out from reality and a time-out from sobriety. The temptation of seeking out a high during the down-times is too much for many, leading to an entire day, weekend or week of drunkenness.
God calls his people (and even the world through the liberty of the gospel) to stay away from the highs that inevitably lead to crashing lows and the miserable cycle of addiction that follows by setting our heart upon sources of higher-living within the body of Christ. God’s people are called to live in harmony with the sealing and sanctifying Spirit who reveals the true pattern of sober living in Jesus (Ephesians 4:15-32).
There is no true understanding or lasting fulfillment of life’s purpose in the drunkenness of the flesh – there is only a temporary escape that creates a more difficult imprisonment to escape. The heart may sing while physically drunk but its tears of sorrow will outlast the facade deep joy.
Lasting enlightenment and edification in life comes only from getting a “high” that lifts the soul out of sinful living and into a harmonious spiritual satisfaction that results in following the Spirit into the ways of God as a individual and together as a congregation of support.
“Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is. And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for each other in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:15-20 NET)