Book: Proverbs 31
“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave alcohol. For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed.”
Although it would seem Lemuel, meaning “devoted or belonging to God”, was Solomon we can not be definite about this. What is clear is that he was royalty and was a leader or future leader. In this proverb, his mother is warning against being addicted to alcohol and getting drunk as it is not fitting to his name or his position.
It would seem though that King Solomon tried out the ways of alcohol and found that it did not mix with wisdom. Ecclesiastes 2:3 tells the story, “After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.”
As believers in Jesus Christ, ones who are “devoted or belong to God”, we are called “Royal Priests” (1 Peter 2:9). Therefore, we do not have any business being addicted to alcohol or getting drunk from it. In fact we are called to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-19 says, “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.”
Consider the role of alcohol in your life. Is it something you crave or are addicted to? Does it impair your thinking at any time? Both Solomon in Ecclesiastes and the Apostle Paul in Ephesians bring out the incorrect role alcohol can have in our lives leading to foolishness and ruin.