People often think that God doesn’t want us to have any fun. He just gives us a bunch of commands that we have to follow, and if the particular offense doesn’t “hurt anyone,” then what’s the big deal?
Case in point:
Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
Eph 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
Eph 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 5:21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
“Do not be drunk” wasn’t one of the 10 commandments-is it a big deal? Is it mandatory? Is God just trying to keep me from enjoying life?
To better process this thought, let’s look at the word dissipation.
the act of dissipating.
the state of being dissipated; dispersion; disintegration.
a wasting by misuse: the dissipation of a fortune.
mental distraction; amusement; diversion.
dissolute way of living, especially excessive drinking of liquor; intemperance.
Physics, Mech. a process in which energy is used or lost without accomplishing useful work, as friction causing loss of mechanical energy
God gives us strict commands as well as suggestive guidelines, even proverbs, because He is a good parent. He wants a full and abundant life for us, His children. Jesus Himself reiterated this in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” And apparently, being drunk is not an abundant life.
According to the definition above, being drunk is a waste and a misuse. What is it a misuse of? Our faculties. Our gifting. Our passion. Our calling.
Ephesians 5 goes on to illustrate something better: a potentially mind and sense altering experience orchestrated by the Spirit of our Father. Why? So we can enjoy Him and each other, and be blessed and tended to in the process.
We can see then, that our Father in heaven really is a good parent. His guidelines are intended to keep us safe and fulfilled so we experience the fullest life imaginable.