“Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.”

Genesis 9:20-21

After being delivered from a world.wide flood in one of the greatest episodes of human history, Noah sinned blatantly. God’s Word doesn’t tell us why Noah got drunk or what exactly happened with his sons. But it resulted in Noah’s offspring being cursed. Perhaps the lack of detail here is the point. The bottom line is that Noah’s drunkenness led to a destructive incident with far-reaching consequences. 

From almost the beginning of time mankind has struggled with understanding that alcohol is not a savior. If you can drink moderately and to the glory of God, feel free! If you are using it to numb the pain of your depression, you are in trouble. Numbing is not the same as healing. You wouldn’t drink whisky and then leave a gaping wound untreated! Alcohol’s effects can be unpredictable (as Noah learned), can amplify your pain, and will distort your reason. 

Jesus fills you with His Spirit. If substance abuse is an issue, put away the bottle and take up the cross instead. You’ll find that Jesus’ love never runs empty. 




Scripture Focus

Genesis 9:18-29

Insight

Believe Jesus who said that He came for you so that you might have life and have it to the full (see John 10:10).

Bible In A Year

  • Job 19-20
  • Psalm 52
  • Luke 15