Ephesians 5:15-17 (JDV)
Ephesians 5:15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you live – not as unwise people but as wise –
Ephesians 5:16 making the most of the season, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s preference is.
against the flow
Every day we make choices. If we go with the flow during evil days we can only expect evil as a result. That is why we must learn what God prefers and live out his will. We cannot just “be Christian” passively. We have to aggressively pursue what God wants because it will not happen by chance.
One of my biggest problems is my resentment. The enemy reminds me of unfair things that have happened to me, or are happening to me, and he tempts me to sin in retaliation. The whole idea is stupid, but it sometimes works on me.
What I need to accept is the truth of what Paul is saying here: we are living in evil days. Unfair things are going to happen. These are not signs that God has betrayed us. They are opportunities for us not to go with the flow.
Lord, no matter how long it takes, we are committed to pursuing what you want. Make us faithful followers of you, not passive gliders through evil days.