Isaiah 5:11-12 (NLT)
11 What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol
and spend long evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk. 12 They furnish wine and lovely music at their grand parties—lyre and harp, tambourine and flute—but they never think about the Lord or notice what he is doing.
Through Isaiah the Lord talks about Jerusalem and Judah as though they are a vineyard He planted. The caretaker cleared the land of stones; and planted the best of vines. He built a tower to watch over the vineyard and keep it safe. The wine press was put in place ready to take in the full and mature grapes. Yet the vineyard produced a bitter crop, useless for the purpose intended. And now the people who should have been the sweet, delectable wine were filling themselves with alcohol until they were drunk. They partied and carried on in their embittered state never taking notice of God or what He could have done in their lives.
Sensuality is defined as relating to or consisting in the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of appetite. The fleshy desires become the ruler of a person’s life. As sensuality takes hold, a person becomes preoccupied with filling their senses in such a manner they become deficient in moral, spiritual, and intellectual issues. Nothing matters but the high; and the path God desires for the individual is abandoned to recklessness. Sensuality is often fed from bitterness, envy and self ambition of the heart. “For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.” But he who follows the wisdom of the Lord shows “his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness. But the wisdom from above is pure, peace loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. And the fruit of peace is sown in peace by those who make peace.” Those are the words of James as he spoke of wisdom from above. So the question remains, are you wise in your sight or are you wise in the eyes of the Lord? Pray God would grant you wisdom to avoid sensual desires of the heart. Pray God would strengthen you and keep you from temptation by your own flesh. Praise Christ who dwells within for His mercy and grace that you for the life you can live abundantly and free.