Proverbs 23:29-30

Drinking has been a temptation since its creation.  It has destroyed and caused pain in countless lives.  

At some point, you would think that people would wise up to harm it does but instead we just hear excuses and protests about how innocent it is to have 1 (or 3 or 6 packs) of beers a night. Articles on how healthy it is to have wine, only later new articles about how it’s not as great as they thought.

Not only does alcohol poison the body, in excess, it turns normally decent people into monsters.  It is one of the temptations we could do without.
Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks.
Proverbs 23:29‭-‬30 NLT

Proverbs 20:24

Several other translations set this in the form of a question… how then can man understand his way?

We don’t see the big picture as we live our lives day to day.   We might have plans and keep a fraction of a big picture in our heads as we make decisions, but what we see is only a tiny slice.  For every ripple in the pond we create, we only see or anticipate a couple rings…God sees it all, beginning to end.

We can’t understand why things happen when they do or why good people suffer.  We can’t understand why bad people seem to be rewarded, or why no matter how hard we try, things just don’t seem to work out as we want.

There is some good news though.  We don’t have to understand everything, we’re not even meant to.  There is a measure of relief and freedom in that.

The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
Proverbs 20:24 NLT