DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION – SAK. EST.
At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper – Proverbs 23:32 (Read: Proverbs 23:29-35)
THEME: IT MAY TASTE GOOD BUT MAY BE HARMING YOU
WORDS OF HOPE:
A young man loved eating waakye (a rice and beans dish). Much as he enjoyed this delicacy, he often suffered from indigestion each time he ate it. He would feel sick and suffer the discomforts of bloating, heart burns, and headaches associated with indigestion and would often have to take antacids and painkillers to have a little relief. Despite this experience with waakye, he could not stay away from it because he really savoured its taste. Many of us can relate to this man in many ways. We often find ourselves drawn to things that temporary delight our senses but eventually leave us in a stupor. In today’s verse, Solomon cautions us about yielding to the lure of alcohol. He illustrates how it promises so much when looked at but in the end “bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper” when indulged. And worst of all how it corrupts (vrs 33b) and enslaves (vrs 35c) its patrons. As we move through life, God’s expectation is that we steer clear of all habits and lifestyles that promise so much but only enslave us in the end. Let’s remember that sin is like a serpent, it bites, it poisons, it kills!
● Pray that the fruit of the Spirit, self-control, will abound in your life so you can do that which you know is good and steer off that which you know is evil.
Lord, deliver us from all that promise so much but only corrupt and enslave us in the end. Amen. 🙏🏽