Beloved - Day 1 - Understanding God’s Will
Ephesians 5:15-17 - 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
When I was a kid, I made many bad decisions. One instance began when I went into the kitchen and gathered up some plastic grocery bags. I put my canvas belt on and found some thin rope. Then, through the grocery bag handles, I carefully attached the grocery bags around my waist and arms, legs, and even my shoes - anywhere I could manage. I limped my way to the backyard and climbed up onto our picnic table. This seemed like the best way to do it - I was going to fly. I jumped off the table as high as I could. About a half-second before I hit the ground I realized: this was a bad plan.
Now, as an 8 year old boy, you would expect me to have these sorts of errors in judgement, but we as adults can often have our own plastic-bag-style colossal fails. Sometimes these decisions are instinctive and driven by foolish desires, but sometimes it’s really a matter of just not knowing what to do. Through Ephesians we’ve learned a lot about who God is, who we are, and how we are called to live; all of which can be summed up in one word: wisdom. The problem is that knowing what is wise (aka: God’s will, v.17) seems fuzzy at times. That’s because there isn’t necessarily a verse for every single situation we encounter, and we don’t communicate with God in the same way as we communicate in our human relationships. Sometimes it feels like we’re using smoke signals or morse code. We all wish we had a Bat-Phone direct to heaven, but we don’t.
Instead, he has graciously given us something more sure: his word and the ‘Spirit of wisdom’ (Eph. 1:17) whom we dialog with in our hearts. The key to not being foolish (Proverbs describes foolishness as being “wise in our own eyes” or “leaning on our own understanding”) is: trusting and depending on the Lord in all circumstances, submitting our hearts to his will (v.17), and seeking to make the best use of the time that we are given (v.16).
• Are there some areas of your life where you are tempted towards folly? Are you currently facing some circumstances that are difficult to navigate?
• How can you more fully understand “what the will of the Lord is” in those situations?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for the Spirit of Wisdom whom he has given us through Christ.