Many mistake the grace of God to be a free-for-all ticket to indulgence. They mistakenly believe that God’s ultimate goal is prosperity for those he loves. Truthfully, the idea of prosperity from an infinite being to a finite being is likely too hard to comprehend. As we have seen time and time again, humans have a very narrow scope of understanding what is best for them at any given time. This is why we often rely on emotional confirmation to be our compass. But emotions can be manipulated with such mundane things as food and sex, so these are largely unreliable.
Instead, the scripture calls us to a combination of revelation and the use of a sober mind toward discerning that revelation. Unlike many religions where humans are called to develop a callousness to their conscience and indulge their feelings by emptying their minds, Christians are called to turn their minds on and carefully think through the outcome of their behaviors. The simple metric to be used is not in what is easy, but in what is loving. Specifically, Christians are called to discern what is loving of God in their behaviors and thoughts. By acting with this information, the vastness of choices present at any given time becomes simplified to one. This is not only digestible but incredibly freeing when weighed against the vastness of managing every possibility.
This is why the call to sobriety should be viewed as a point of major contention within the Christian faith. We see a lack of sobriety being traded for emotional confirmation quite often. We see this in our writings, preaching and worship services. Too many have allowed a lack of sobriety to exist by emphasizing prohibitions or misdirection rather than guidance through prayerful discernment. We erroneously believe that if we are not drunk, than we are sober. It should be noted that a person does not have to be drunk to lose their sobriety. Distraction through elation, depression or willful ignorance can all be contributing factors to a lack of choices made in a state of sobriety. As Christians we must choose to choose. This choice is a major blessing of our relationship with God.