November 1, 2013 by *Onyi*
19 Hear, my son, and be wise;
And guide your heart in the way.
20 Do not mix with winebibbers,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags. (New King James Version)
This is another reminder about the company that we choose to keep. Know your circle. Know the characters of those you choose to keep in your circle. Do not be scared to trim your circle if necessary. Now, many might read this proverb and think that it is just about wine drinking and meat-eating but the issue discussed is much deeper than that. It is about moderation. When you are a glutton, you enjoy a particular thing and are unable to stop. You are out of control in terms of a habit. You have no balance. In this proverb, food and wine is mentioned but gluttony goes way beyond food and wine and goes into other aspects of our lives.
How does gluttony affect lives? Well, since this is often an addiction that is out of control, one might be forced to spend to keep up with this addiction. Spending might be financial but it could be mental, emotional, spiritual or physical. When you find that a person has a lack of control when it comes to their spending on certain things to meet a need/addiction, then there is a need to be careful and be wise in your dealings with such a person. A person who lacks self-control, often finds themselves eventually in the dregs of life and often, will drag others down with them. A person who lacks self-control in a certain aspect of their lives, will be willing to do anything to keep on top of their addiction. You can love from a distance. You can love and refuse to participate in something that will lead to your eventual ruin.
Be Smart. Choose Wisely.
Dear Lord, we ask for your continued wisdom when it comes to choosing and keeping people in our lives. We also ask that you open our eyes to see our areas of gluttony. Gluttony, we know isn’t only of food or drink but it might go beyond that to seeking approval, wanting to feel valued or important. Shine your light on our hidden parts and expose it to us.
PS: I was away from my computer for a couple of days because I was out-of-town taking care of some things….but, I am back…:-)
- All Kinds of Gluttons (thechristianpundit.org)