What good’s a grape?
Snacking, for certain. Green or red, they are an outstanding alternative to sweeter treats.
Or how about jelly? A good jam or grape infusion can complement your morning toast.
And then there are the other uses of a grape, the sparkly, fizzy sort. What do we say about those?
Let’s look at the book of Proverbs for some answers.
Proverbs 20:1 says we are foolish if we let the grape become our master.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
Proverbs 21:17 says our riches will bleed away when the grape rules our days.
“Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.”
Proverbs 23:20-21 says overindulging in drink from the grape (or even excess food!) is a hole ready to swallow us up.
“Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.”
Proverbs 23:29-30 says the grape cannot rescue us from our problems. Instead, it magnifies them.
“Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine.”
Here’s what we can take away from these four verses:
1. Avoid strong drink. We can’t be a success if we’re not in control.
2. Priorities are vital, and wine cannot be at the top of our list.
3. Anything overdone is bad for us. A little bit at a time!
4. Drinking brings out our worst. God wants us to be at our best.
Grapes are not bad. What we choose to do with them can be. Let’s stay focused on God. He is the plan that always leads to success.
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