“Doom to those who get up early and start drinking booze before breakfast,who stay up all hours of the night drinking themselves into a stupor.” Isaiah 5:11
Eugene Peterson, author of The Message Bible, wrote in the introduction to the book of Isaiah, “The book of Isaiah is expansive, dealing with virtually everything that is involved in being a people of God on this planet Earth.”
In today’s scripture, Isaiah points directly, and firmly, to the problem with alcohol. With all the Old Testament references to drinking, we can assume alcohol has always been a social and health issue. Many of us know people who may or may not be in recovery for alcoholism. We’ve witnessed how alcohol contributes to other diseases, accidents, and destruction to families, jobs, and the economy. Fortunately, in the U.S., there are nearly 15,000 drug (which includes alcohol) rehab centers available to help treat this disease.
We all get addicted to something. My addictions aren’t as obvious as those that cause physical or psychological symptoms. However, my addictive behavior helps me to be more compassionate to those who suffer every day of their lives because of a human weakness or a predisposition to become an addict.
Thank you, Lord, for your words of hope for all who suffer from addictions. Amen.