Scripture: from verses 9 and 10
Don’t drink any wine or other intoxicating liquor… so that you will distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean.
Observation: This was an order given to the priests: when they were in the tent of meeting being priests, they were to be sober. It was given after two of Aaron’s sons performed a ritual not instructed by God and got killed for their efforts.
It is not easy to distinguish between the holy and the common. It wasn’t then and it isn’t now. From this distance, Aaron’s sons were doing something thoroughly stupid – but from their point of view, it was doubtless an obvious and holy thing to do. I don’t know if they were drunk, but at least they weren’t paying attention.
So we need to pay attention. We need to be aware that God’s plans are not our plans, and He may have different intentions for our plans than we do.
Application: We are called to be holy. That means that we have to let God use our time and energy in ways that may not seem obvious. It means that we need to be aware that God’s glory can show up whenever and wherever He wants it to. It means we need to look for His plans, not follow our own.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, thank you for filling my life. Thank you for making things holy that were once common. Thank you for making me holy. Help me to follow your plans. Amen.