What would you say or think if I told you that there is a very simple way to understand the struggles that a drunk goes through on a daily basis? What if I went further and told you that is within the Bible as well? Would you think you have missed a passage somewhere? Would you think I am reading a version or translation that is not considered reliable? Or perhaps, you would just think that I am just crazy. Whatever you think on this idea, please, hear me out before you make a final decision.
On a regular basis the drunk wakes up and
1. Thinks of the pleasure of alcohol.
2. Thinks of the comfort it provides.
3. Knows the pain and misery of it, but cannot seem to break free of it.
4. Comes to know again the physical and mental discomfort.
5. The restless nights it brings.
6. Only to wake in the morning to start it all over again.
These 6 ideas come from Proverbs 24:29-35.
The very little I have heard on these verses has always been the take that they are a scare tactic in abstaining from the drunk—a warning not to drink. Some have gone further to call the actions of a drunk foolish, stupid and the suchlike. I concede that to one who has not been taken by addiction that they actions do seem foolish, but I want to give insight so that there may be a better understanding. So, I would like to dissect these verses and give you some insight on a drunk’s perspective.
Many have told me that the pain and grumblings are a direct result of the alcohol, but I am here to tell you that the alcohol comes from the pain. We drunks do not like taking personal responsibility for anything in our lives that is negative. These problems always come from somewhere else and we complain about the pain from them. We believe that things would be better if only people or environment would change to suit us better that the pain would go away. In order not to deal with these things as a responsible, mature adult would, we drink to drown the problems.
I know that this answers the question in verse 29 as to those who linger over wine, but a drunk lingers over the wine because he does not know how else to cope with the problems of the world. The drunk is very immature person emotionally. The alcohol gives him the answers that he wants without trying to do any growing. It allows him to stay where is and to let the alcohol be what “solves” his problems—his pain and his strife.
I will give you that this is a wonderful warning for anyone not to drink, but this is the waking thought of many drunks. Each morning, stumbling out of bed there is the promise and resolution not to do drink again today. It is an honest one, too, but one that just cannot be kept because the addiction has taken hold and as of now, in the middle of the addiction, there is no amount of personal power that can save him. So, he falls back into the arms of lady liquor. The mind not being strong enough to break the power of addiction, it calls him back, and reminds him how pleasant alcohol can be. It is appealing to the eye, and to the nose, but more importantly to the mind in the “promises” it has to give. The drunk takes a drink and that first one is pure bliss. The smoothness may be in the taste, but it is also smooth in how it relaxes the mind in that moment. The cares, the stress, and the pain are carried away and he is able to feel at ease and have a bit of fun. All things painful seem to disappear from the world.
As the drinking continues through the day, those false promises start to fade away. The pains and stresses of life start to come back and feel that much more intense, because the mind has lost its ability to block anything due to the alcohol. By this point, the only rational thought to the drunk is to drink more to see if the pain will leave again. Of course, they don’t and that is when the feeling of dying comes into the drunk’s mind and body because he is able to feel what the alcohol truly is—poison.
The sadness of a drunk’s life is the fact that he drinks to find relaxation and peace, but in the end there is nothing but tossing and turning in restless sleep. Even if the drunk is fortunate enough to pass out, upon waking there is not a feeling of being rested. While there may be regret and anger for getting drunk yesterday and do not want to do it again we…..
“Wake to find anther drink.”
Do you think we drunks do not know what to expect on a daily basis concerning alcohol?
Do you think we drunks know not to look and desire the alcohol?
Do you think we drunks do not see and feel the poison that is taking over our mind and body?
I challenge you that while these verses give reason not drink, they also give insight of the mind of a drunk. That they need something more to help them break free of the prison that alcohol has built. They need people to understand the daily cycle/struggle that they may be able to obtain some help in breaking free. Do not think us foolish, but understand it is a trap, and the lies of alcohol will not let go. These are what keep the drunk from growing mentally and emotionally to deal with what causes him drink.
We drunks do not need
· Questioning of our faith
· Gossiped about.
We need to know
· There is something greater (God) than alcohol
· There are those who care about us
· There are those who want to try to understand and help us
It is time for the church to learn of addictions instead of turning a blind eye to them.
It is time for the church to learn to help those who are brothers and sisters find a way out of addiction.
It is time for the church to stop thinking that addiction is not within the church.