Ephesians 5:15 – 17 “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Have you ever thought about how many decisions we make, each and every day? Should I get up, or sleep a few more minutes? What should I wear? Breakfast or just coffee? Should I go through the yellow light or stop? Should I gossip about my friend, knowing it will hurt her deeply if she finds out? Should I lie about my credentials and hope no one catches me?
Each and every day, we are faced with many opportunities to do the right thing. But doing the right thing isn’t easy. So we must each make one important decision, which will affect every other decision we make: Do I want to be a wise person, or a foolish person?
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Paul wrote that the days are evil. Now, more than ever, we are living in evil days. It is easier than ever to make wrong choices. Society seems to encourage the very behaviors that God warned us against! But remember, a foolish person almost always does the easy thing. A wise person, on the other hand, always tries to do the right thing.
But before we can be wise, before we can do the right thing, we have to decide what the right thing is. And we can always determine the right thing by asking ourselves, “What would God have me do?” After all, God is good. He is only good. There is no wrong or impure or unjust or dark or evil or mean thing in Him. He is light and He is love. When we remember that His goal for each of us is to make us like Him – full of love and goodness and kindness and compassion and truth and light, then it is much easier to figure out the right things.
Wisdom comes from God. But “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God,’ ” (Psalm 14:1). So, if we are going to live wisely, we must always seek to know God’s will. And when we seek Him, we will always find Him, (Jer. 29:13). By seeking God, and by making the most of every opportunity to do the right thing, we will make wise choices in our lives. Gradually, choice by choice by choice, we will build for ourselves the kind of upstanding, honorable, peace-filled lives that God wants each of us to have.
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Dear Father, I want to be wise in the decisions I make. I want to make the most of every opportunity to do the right thing. Please help me to do that, as I seek Your will.