Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Don't Be A Drunken Fool

Ephesians 5:15 "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father i...n the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21submitting to one another in the fear of God."
One night driving back to the college from my cousin's house I was pulled over by a cop who suspected I was drinking and driving. Having never touched alcohol in my life I found this quite amusing. When he asked me if I had been drinking I confessed I had had some orange juice earlier. He didn't find it as funny as I did.
I knew why he pulled me over. I had been trying to get my radio to work and in the process had gone a little less than straight. I was actually hoping he'd make me get out and prove my sobriety by walking a straight line etc... but he didn't. Turns out he believed me and let me go.
From observing less than sober friends and relatives drunkenness mainly affects two things: mental ability and physical coordination. A person's ability to think clearly and exercise proper judgment is impaired and their ability to be physically coordinated is also impaired.
Having grown up in an area where drinking was very popular I heard a lot of ads on the radio about drinking responsibly and especially "Don't Drink and Drive". I was always perplexed by the ads. Drinking impairs your ability to be responsible so how exactly do you drink responsibly? Drinking also impairs your judgment so if you are too drunk to drive how are you sober enough to make that judgment call?
"See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil."
Walk (literally) precisely, exactly. A drunk person veers and stumbles. A sober person walks a straight line with ease. Drunkenness makes a wise person become a fool.
Paul is simply saying we have no time to fool around or wander out of the light. God by the still small voice of His Spirit is saying to each one of us "This is the way, walk in it." Every morning we need to be still and listen so He can set our feet precisely on the path which He has lit for us. There is no time to waste. The truth is we've wandered and wasted too much already. We need to redeem or buy back the time lost.
In case you missed it I'm not only talking about alcohol. Many, many, things can come between us and Him, drown out His voice, and cause us to veer off the path and stumble into the darkness.
Today if you hear His voice do not harden your heart as you have done in the past. Listen and live.

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