Booze is good, but not as good as the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)

"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit" - Ephesians 5:18

Okay if you ever read this blog you know I'm a ginormous fan of beer. So today I was meeting a friend of mine and we were talking about Ephesians and when we got to this verse I had to think about it for a second. It occurred to me that I wasn't sure I liked this verse - I like alcohol a lot and while I know being drunk is wrong I was wondering if I really preferred the Holy Spirit over the affects of alcohol.

Thankfully I was quick to the conclusion that yes I actually do prefer the Holy Spirit. And this is my reasoning. Alcohol can be a wonderful thing (if enjoyed appropriately in moderation), however it can also be a horrible thing (if enjoyed inappropriately in excess). The Holy Spirit is a wonderful thing from beginning to end in both small and great amounts. We had just gotten done talking about the Holy Spirit being the down payment of the rest of the promise to come (see 1:14).

It occurred to me in processing this that when my life is about the Lord and not about myself I experience the Holy Spirit in fantastic ways. It comforts me, encourages me, strengthens me, gives me hope, satisfaction, and a near bliss of a buzz so much more fantastic than alcohol they aren't even comparable.

But like the people of Israel of the Old Testament I constantly forget and turn elsewhere for a satisfaction embarrassingly small when compared with God.

God tells us not to get drunk with wine because alcohol is a gift from Him - not to be abused. He tells us to be filled with the Spirit because He is our creator - He knows what is best for us because He created us. He knows how we should live because He is the author of life. And He knows what brings satisfaction because He invented satisfaction. He knows the affects of money, fame, alcohol, sex, etc... but He also knows those things wont last. He tells us to be filled with the Holy Spirit because this is his unbelievable gift to us.

Don't settle for wine.