“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Whenever I see the words “Be very careful” it definitely grabs my attention. This is a very interesting and unique Bible verse about wisdom. When I first read this verse, I pondered what Paul meant when he said that the days were evil. Was it something specific to that time because there was so much persecution happening to the church back in Paul’s day? Or is it something that still happens today? Are the days just as evil today as they were back then? I think in some ways, the days are more evil and opportunities slip by even easier than they did back in Paul’s day.
You don’t have to look very hard to see that the days are evil. Just flip on the TV or walk through a public high school and you’ll probably hear 1 good thing for every 50 negative things being said. I must confess that in my own life, I’m very guilty of not making the most of every opportunity. I get so focussed on my ambitions and work that I rarely take the time to find out what God is trying to do in my life and in the lives of those around me. I often let opportunities pass my by because I get so focused on my own problems and ambitions. It is wisdom to slow down and take the time to find out what God is doing around you.
How sad will it be if, when you die and go to Heaven, you see a huge amount of missed opportunities that you were too busy to do anything about while you were here on Earth. Wisdom requires that we slow down and take the time to really think about our lives. That’s why, in a previous post, we talked about how the wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways. People very rarely like to sit down and give genuine thought to their lives and the opportunities that the Lord is constantly laying before each of us. I don’t want to come to the end of my life and realize that I’ve wasted the opportunities that the Lord has placed in front of me. I hope you feel the same way.