I have never had a drink and because of family tradition I believed that it was wrong according to the Bible. I had never really thought too much about it as all the Christian people that I knew did not drink.
This however changed when about 10 years ago I changed churches and found people who did not see anything wrong with having a drink. I found myself having to question the tradition under which I had lived most of my life.
I listened to people’s arguments and read heaps of articles. I decided that I must search the Bible and see what God had to say. The initial message seemed to be that it was OK to drink as long as you don’t get drunk. I was content and I would never say to anyone that they should not drink.
Then one day the Holy Spirit showed me three scriptures and connected them.
Leviticus 10:9-11 His instructions to priests.
“Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean, and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statues which the Lord has spoken to them by the hand of Moses”
Proverbs 31:4-7 His instructions to kings.
“It is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes intoxicating drink, lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitter of heart. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.”
Revelation 1:5-6 Who we are.
“To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and forever.”
He then said to me that no matter what others may do did I want to be a king and a priest to God. Because I did want that I decided that I was not going to drink. I had peace in my heart.