8/23/16: Drunk, Disgraceful, and Drowsy
Most of us care about our appearance and how we present ourselves. Men and women alike tend to care about how they look when they go out. I know a couple in which the wife loves beautiful clothes and the husband is quite dapper: she uses one small walk-in closet, and he uses four standard ones. That couple is busy at church and ministry, they tithe regularly, and they do their best to live as God would have them live toward each other and their fellowman. Their clothes are but one sign of how God has blessed their faithfulness.
Proverbs 23:21 says, “For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags” (NKJ). This verse details three ways to end up with nothing, out on the street, clothed in rags. The first way is to be a drunkard. The Hebrew word “caba’” means “to drink to try to satisfy your appetite.” The problem with this is that we are only supposed to be fully satisfied by that which God has for us. A New Testament verse instructs us in this vein as well. “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18 (NIV).
The second way we can end up in rags is to be a glutton. When we hear that word, we usually think of eating too much, but that’s only a small part of the definition. The Hebrew word for glutton is “zalal” and that means “to shake as in the wind, to be loose morally, worthless, or prodigal; to blow down, be riotous (eater), or vile.” In other words, we are a glutton when we do not hold ourselves to a high moral standard in any area. Philippians 3:18-19 says, “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame– who set their mind on earthly things” (NKJ). So then, over-eating becomes a morality issue in that we are loose – out of control – with our appetite. We can be gluttonous in our spending habits, our talking, and our dating or sex lives. In any area in which we are loose and out of control, we are living in gluttony.
Finally, the Scripture says “drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.” We’ll end up out there in rags if we’re lazy. The Hebrew word used here is “nuwmah” which simply means “sleepiness.” We have to get up to get things done. Read Proverbs 12:24, 21:25, and 24:30-34 for more words about laziness.
We can’t judge a book by its cover, so we can’t always tell by a person’s clothes whether or not he or she is living right, but a man or woman who is living right – who is not drunk, disgraceful, or drowsy – won’t be dressed in rags. They will have it together and God will see that their outward clothing beautifully reflects their inner righteousness which in turn reflects the glory of God.
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