Life Choices That Beat You Up

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Proverbs 23:35 “They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”

When I go soul winning, it is not uncommon for me to see people who seem very old and yet they are younger than myself. When you look at these people, you can see that life has beaten them up. Their lifestyle is a sinful lifestyle, and sinful lifestyles always beat people up. The verse above says, “they have stricken me…, they have beaten me.” God was simply saying that there are choices in life that will beat you up if you choose to do them. Let me share several things that proverbs 23 shows that will beat you up in life.

First, a desire for possessions and riches will beat you up. Verses 1 - 3 caution the believer about desiring the dainties of the rich. God knows that those who have a great desire to be rich will get themselves involved in schemes that rob them of their finances. Many people have had such a desire for riches that they pay money to go to seminars of people who promised them wealth, only to find themselves out of several thousands of dollars that could've been used to pay bills. You will find that life will beat you up with debt when you make your life about seeking possessions and riches.

Second, in verse 10, God warns about leaving the old landmarks. Not following life’s lessons from past generations always causes life to beat you up. History has a way of teaching us what to do and what not to do. Sadly, many have tried to destroy history because it doesn't fit their desired lifestyle that they want to live. My friend, you can throw out history, but history will repeat itself in you to your destruction. Don't let history’s lessons repeat themselves in you by ignoring their lessons. You can embrace the old landmarks and learn many lessons, good and bad, that will keep life from beating you up if you will follow them.

Third, undisciplined children will cause life to beat you up. Verse 13 cautions parents about not disciplining their children. Having rules and boundaries for your children and disciplining them when they break them is not cruel, but it saves both you and your children from heartache.

Fourth, alcohol causes life to beat you up. Alcohol is still the Devil’s juice. Many people think they can drink in moderation, but there is no such thing as a moderate alcoholic. Many families have been destroyed because of an alcoholic parent. Many careers have been destroyed because of casual drinking. You can try to justify drinking alcohol, but all you have to do is look at the destructive pathway that casual alcoholic drinking has left to see that it only destroys one’s life. Every alcoholic has started with a casual drink, so if you don't want to end up being an alcoholic, you should never take one drink.

Fifth, a life of infidelity will cause life to beat you up. One night of pleasure and infidelity will leave you with a life of heartache that destroys your testimony and causes life to beat you up. You will never just do one light of infidelity because it will lead to many nights of infidelity. A life of faithfulness to your spouse will never cause life to beat you up, but it will give you a life of joy and no regrets. Never listen to the lies the infidelity tells you because it never shows you the other side of heartache that it causes to your marriage and your relationship with your children.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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