At the Top of the Mast
Daily Devotional for December 18th
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. Proverbs 23:31-33
One of the greatest debates in the world is the devastations of alcohol and drugs. Our world today is heavily medicated. Most are written prescriptions from a doctor and thus feel justified for taking meds that keep them numb the same as the effects of alcohol. Just because it is prescribed to us doesn’t make it right. We have the responsibility to keep ourselves from drunkenness in any capacity.
Solomon shows us the foolish decisions made when the mind is effected through drunkenness. You have no defense against the devil’s thoughts when your under the influence. As with the other examples he gives, a drunken person places themselves in grave dangers. A drunken person is compared to someone who lies down in the midst of the sea or one that lies upon the top of the mast of a ship. There is no protection from the winds at the top of the mast. The sailor is left to the mercy of what comes. Lying upon the top of a mast is very foolish because there is no stability. Solomon compares drinking wine to this as well as other examples.
At the top of the mast, a person willing places themselves in danger. When there, the slightest breeze will cause a very dangerous fall. The same is with alcohol or drugs, people have deliberately placed themselves in harms way. There is a deceitfulness about alcohol and drugs, and that is that there is no harm. But the bible warns us to Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8. On the top of the mast is the flag. The flag are at the mercy of the wind as they whip back and forth at a continual movement.
Satan attacks us in our minds. His strongholds are built in our minds. Lies and deceptions that keep men bound are strengthened in our minds. Drunkenness in whatever means, whether through drugs or alcohol, places us into a state where our minds are so vulnerable to thoughts from the enemy. When you are not sober, your mind is opened up and you have no defense against his devices. Most tragedies take place when people are under the influence because Satan can control a person’s life. If you do not wish to be devoured by the devil, then you must remove yourself from all things that keep you from sobriety.