AN UNEXAMINED LIFE

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 5:18-21

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”  (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Many of us bring trouble upon ourselves because we fail to examine the way we are living our lives.  An unexamined life can result in spiritual and moral failures.  It can lead to broken relationships and financial losses.  Paul was acutely aware of this fact.  Thus he wrote, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise…”  David asked the Lord to examine his life — “Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there is any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”  (Psalm 139:23,24).  Both David and Paul knew the danger of an unexamined life.

We must realize that we live in days that are evil.  Our great enemies, the world and the flesh and the devil, are at work against us.  They attempt to lure us away from that which is good and righteous and true, those things Paul calls “the fruit of light” (v. 9).  Therefore, “we must look carefully then how we walk not as unwise, but as wise.”  

Wisdom is seeing life from God’s point of view.  Proverbs says, “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold” (Proverbs 3:13,14).  A wise person examines his or her life regularly according to God’s truth as found in the Scriptures.

A wise person also makes the best use of his or her time.  We must accept the fact that our time on this earth is limited.  We are to view every minute we have as a gift from God.  “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty, yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away…So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:10,12).  Time is a gift from God and therefore we must be good stewards of the way we use this time.

An unexamined life leads to foolishness.  A foolish person acts as if there is no God — “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God'” (Psalm 14:1).  A wise person not only acknowledges God but he also reveres (fears) Him — “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).  As we know, love and revere (fear) God, we will get understanding.  “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”  We must avoid the danger of an unexamined life.  Ask God to search you and to reveal any grievous way in you.

Lord God, search me and know my heart.  See if there is any grievous way in me.  Give me wisdom so that I can be careful how I live my life and enable me to make the best use of my time.

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