These scriptures help me manage my desires. I am not a king or a leader of importance, but I’m certainly not living a poor and miserable life that warrants focusing my resources on escaping life through alcohol or other substances. However, Jesus says that those people that He has chosen to follow Him are greater than all the famous leaders of the Jewish nation up till and including John the Baptist. So, I should not waste my life or the resources God has given me to chase pleasure. Rather, I should focus on serving those people who need help. If I have been chosen to follow Christ and His Spirit resides in my being, than I should have such a strong desire to sacrificially give my time, physical, emotional, and financial resources to others. This strong desire to follow Christ and enjoy Him makes such service toward others a greater joy than seeking pleasurable experiences for myself.
Proverbs 31:3-9 (CEV)
3Don’t waste your life
chasing after women!
This has ruined many kings.
4Kings and leaders
should not get drunk
or even want to drink.
5Drinking makes you forget
and you mistreat the poor.
6Beer and wine are only
for the dying
or for those
who have lost all hope.
7Let them drink
how poor and miserable
8But you must defend
those who are helpless
and have no hope.
9Be fair and give justice
to the poor and homeless.
Proverbs 31:3-9 (the Message)
Don’t dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women,
promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders.
4-7 “Leaders can’t afford to make fools of themselves,
gulping wine and swilling beer,
Lest, hung over, they don’t know right from wrong,
and the people who depend on them are hurt.
Use wine and beer only as sedatives,
to kill the pain and dull the ache
Of the terminally ill,
for whom life is a living death.
8-9 “Speak up for the people who have no voice,
for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
Speak out for justice!
Stand up for the poor and destitute!”