August 12

Ephesians 5:15-17

“Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.” vs. 15-16

We regularly see and hear television and radio pundits talking about our dangerous times and implying that profound evil is at hand. Paul had the same perspective about the city of Ephesus over 2000 years ago. He advised that followers of Jesus should live with care, not as unwise people but as wise–and make the most out of their time. Of course not everyone agrees that the days we live in are evil–that argument can sometimes seem like a political tactic, one designed to perpetuate a climate of fear. But there is little doubt that making decisions in today’s world requires an ample supply of wisdom. There are so many choices out there–and it’s hard to know which options are best. Some can lead to profound blessings, but others can lead us into dark spirals of despair. People are looking for easy money and scams abound–some days we hardly dare answer our phones for fear of being sucked in. And then there are the disrupters, people without conscience who take delight in crashing systems and creating mayhem. Their victims are legion! It truly is a time for avoiding foolish thinking and gravitating toward that which is tried and true. Jesus advised his followers to pay attention to his words, and the wise will do exactly that. It’s like building a house on a rock foundation!

Thought for the Day: What’s the wisest thing I’ve ever done?

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