Proverbs 20:1–11 (NKJV)
20 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 2 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 3 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel. 4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out. 6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? 7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. 8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes. 9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”? 10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord. 11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.
This passage deals with many issues of life that just need some clarity. For instance, drinking alcohol is a practice that has proponents and opponents, even in the body of Christ. However, the proverb writer says that wine mocks and strong drink leads to confrontation, and drinking is basically unwise. My question is, “Why do it at all?” Don’t poke the lion! If a king’s wrath is like a lion, don’t provoke him. Don’t start fights, nor be drawn into them. Work while you have the chance–don’t be lazy!! Walk with integrity for the sake of your children. Be honest in your business dealing–God is watching! Finally, it is never too early to act well. Even children need a good reputation. All of this practical advice is part of a larger body of work that teaches the reader to live well. Follow these advisements and know that God will work on your behalf and make you prosper in many ways. His ways are right!