From movies to music, our culture seems to hold the party scene on a platform and shout, “This is where you’ll find fulfillment!” Where else will you meet someone special, solidify your social status, and make memories you’ll tell your kids about one day?
In reality, the air smells like body odor and alcohol. The conversations rarely go deeper than surface level. And the decisions you make can affect the rest of life, but not for the better.
The party scene might be interesting, but is it the kind of life we want to lead?
Drunkenness often leads us to do things we never thought we’d do — pick fights, avoid responsibility, cheat others — all the while concealing and numbing the longing in our hearts for something more (Proverbs 20:1-6).
Only a relationship with Jesus can fulfill us and sustain us. Proverbs 20:7 says, “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.” The righteous are not those who never mess up, but those who carry no blame because Jesus has paid for their sins.
When we ask Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to see things as they really are (Proverbs 20:12). And as our priorities change, our lives begin to change. Instead of overindulging in wine or strong drink, the Bible tell us to fill ourselves with wisdom from God and His people. When the volume of truth gets turned up, the voice of the world gets tuned out.
Our greatest moments didn’t happen inside the walls of a rager. We were created for more. The Lord is working in us even when we can’t see Him (Proverbs 20:24). And as we seek our fulfillment in Him, wisdom can become our legacy.
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