Saturday, June 4, 2016.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. – Ephesians 5:15-17.
LISTEN : Our existence in this wicked world demands wisdom, without wisdom life will be miserable and will certainly end in tragedy. Wisdom, the ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, or know and apply spiritual truth, is important to living wisely. The bible said “It is the principal thing”; therefore, no well – meaning person can afford to live without it (Proverbs 4:7). In Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, he admonished them to live wisely and not foolishly in this ungodly generation. New English Translation (NET) puts it more clearer thus: ” Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is” – Ephesians 5: 15-17.
The reasons for living wisely as commanded here is simple:
1. Because The Days Are Evil: What does that mean? It simply means that the present times are dangerous, full of trouble and temptations, and only the watchful and diligent can escape it ( Romans 13:11).
2. To Be Able To Discover The Will Of God: The will of God is what guarantees success. God wants you to live in a way that his will, will not be difficult for you to follow; however, that can only be possible when we make the most of every opportunity as we strive to recover the times we had wasted in sin and frivolities.
Beloved, be wise! Use your time well, it is the greatest asset that eternity needs to be blissful ( 2 Corinthians 6:2 ).
Avoid reckless and carefree lifestyle, instead, engage yourself in discovering the will of God concerning you.
Oh Lord! Father of all wisdom, help me to live wisely and faithfully in this wicked and polluted world in Jesus’ name.
Reflection : He who choses to live unwisely has chosen to exist for eventual damnation.