I got to the nightclub at about nine o’clock on that New Year’s Eve many years ago. As I’ve habitually done, I first turned on the DJ equipment, starting with the mixer followed by the amplifiers. After ensuring that my working station (the DJ booth) was all set for the night, I came down from the booth and walked to the liquor bar to start on my first drink for the night, rum & coke.
Growing up, I heard many times from professional drinkers that a person should not drink different alcoholic beverages in one sitting. To avoid the worst complications, if someone is drinking stout, he should only drink stout and not also drink beer or whiskey, or wine. That night, I violated that rule big time. I sipped not only rum & coke but also beer, wine, and stout and topped it off with a puff of marijuana.
When it came time to leave the club that night, I was to drop off about three people home, and none of them had a driver’s license. It is true, when I came down from the DJ booth, I felt pretty tipsy, but I did not realize how drenched drunk I was until I started driving out of the parking lot. As I was steering out, my left eye was looking toward the right, and my right eye was looking toward the left. I tried to straighten them out but to no avail. (Read the whole story in my book, Relentlessly Pursued by God).
Drunk-Driving Deaths Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes – that’s one person every 50 minutes.”1
Divine intervention, that is, the grace of God kept me from being one of those statistics on that beautiful New Year’s morning, even when I did not yet know Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. I was blind to the love of God in Christ Jesus. I never thought that I would ever be a follower of Jesus Christ. But that did not stop Him from protecting me despite me not knowing Him.
In his letter to the Ephesian church, the apostle Paul writes:
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature, we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved)” (Eph. 2:1-5, NLT)!
That evening was one of the moments that my life almost ended due to my futile living. Some might call it a chance, others luck, but I now know it was God’s abundant grace that preserved my life that New Year’s morning (4 in the morning).
How to Avoid Drunk Driving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “Everyone can contribute to the prevention of excessive alcohol use. Choose not to drink too much yourself and help others not do it. If you choose to drink alcohol, follow the U.S. Dietary Guidelines on moderate alcohol consumption (no more than one drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men).”2
The Bible does not particularly forbid drinking alcoholic beverages, but it does command people not to drink excessively. The apostle Paul writes, “Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:17-18).
You can read in my book, Relentlessly Pursued by God, how I started drinking very young. When I got to my teenage years, my drinking habits intensified. But now, after being liberated from the need to drink, my body can hardly support alcoholic drinks. Not only am I a “new creature” in Christ, but my body has also gone through a wellness transformation as a result of the grace, power, and Word of God.
All glory to the Lord God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ, who thought of me, pursued me, and rescued me.
Look to the Lord. Call on Him, and He will show up to rescue you.
1. Drunk Driving, https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving (accessed on November 12, 2020).
2. Preventing Excessive Alcohol Use (www.cdc.gov › alcohol › fact-sheets › prevention).
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