"Don't associate with people who drink too much wine or stuff themselves with food. Drunkards and gluttons will be reduced to poverty. If all you do is eat and sleep, you will soon be wearing rags."
(Proverbs 23:20-21, GNT)
Often drunkenness is visualized as laughter, partying, and having fun. However, the reality is that drunkenness leads to strife, quarrels, anxiety, and poor health. Think about how many marriages, homes, jobs, and businesses have been destroyed due to an enslavement of drugs and alcohol.
Although gluttony is also a type of enslavement, it is perhaps, more acceptable in our society. Similarly to drugs and alcohol, it is a craving that cannot be satisfied. It too can have devastating effects on a person's health. Proverbs 23:2 says, "... put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite."
Although it may seem harsh, Solomon, in essence was trying to make a point by saying if we don't have control in this area of our lives, chances are we won't have control when it comes to the more severe circumstances of our lives.
So what is gluttony? Living in a country where food is rich and plentiful, this may be a little more difficult to recognize. Dictionary.com describes gluttony as "a person who eats or drinks excessively" or "a person with a remarkably great desire for something." However, gluttony is not limited to food only. For example, some people may continually make self-destructing choices because they are "a glutton for punishment."
Substance abuse and yes, even food is used by many as a way to escape from reality and omit dealing with the emotional pain caused by either themselves or by others.
The same sins of Sodom and Gomorrah are prevalent in our society today. We have lost our way in reveling with everything in excess.
Whether it's a struggle with gluttony, alcohol or substance abuse, the root of the cause is all the same ... an overwhelming desire to attempt in satisfying the flesh.
The good news is that God is in the business of bringing forgiveness, wholeness, and healing to each person's life. Recognizing His sovereignty brings a person out of bondage and quite frankly, is the only way to begin a road of recovery and victory.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .