Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15-21
“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)
Christians in Paul’s day were living in a pagan and immoral society. They were faced with temptations and troubles of all kinds. Unfortunately, we also are living in a similar environment. Thus, we are warned to look carefully how we live our lives in this broken, fallen world. We are to be wise with our choices and actions. Unwise choices always lead to painful consequences.
We are also to make the best use of our time because the days are evil. The phrase, “making the best use of,” translates the Greek word that can mean “redeem” or “purchase.” We are to make a good investment of our time. The verse that comes to mind is Psalm 90:12 — “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” We must make the best use of our days for they are limited — “The years of our life are seventy, or by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble, they are soon gone, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10). I am not trying to be morbid here. We have to face the reality that in the scheme of things our days are short and we will face times of toil and trouble here on earth.
Then we are told — “Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is” (v. 17). Foolish people think only of themselves. They act as if there is no God — “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good” (Psalm 14:1). A wise person always seeks to discover the will of the Lord. A wise person knows that the will of the Lord is always right and good. A wise person makes choices that are within the will of the Lord.
As we live our lives in these evil days, we must look carefully how we walk. We must be wise and not be foolish. We are to constantly seek the will of the Lord in all that we do. Doing these things will prevent us from making bad choices and from having to bear the consequences of them.
Lord Jesus, enable me to look carefully how I live my life this day. Help me to be wise and to seek Your will in all that I do. I can be foolish at times. Forgive me when I make foolish choices. Give me the ability to understand what Your will is in everything I do.
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