“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15,16
The warning which Paul gives the church at Ephesus is as real today for us as it was when he wrote this letter to this first century group of believers.
So….how’s your walk? Oh, not your physical gait or walk, but how is your walk with the Lord? Are you walking carefully? There seems to be just so many pot holes than any of us can step into. If not carefully watched for, they can cause you to stumble and fall or perhaps sprain or break an ankle. Ouch! The pain from such a physical injury is definitely painful, but so is the resulting pain that occurs when we stumble and fall into sin. Sadly, the resulting injury can be devastatingly lifelong.
For a believer to walk wisely is an indicator of his/her moral fortitude. And compromise seems to be the norm in a culture that defies God and says that they can live any way they wish. Fear of repercussions? Never! For if they have grown to accept the evolutionary lie that God does not exist, then to whom must they answer? Obviously, no one.
The word fool, as used in the bible, is not a description of one’s intellect, but rather, when the bible speaks of a fool, it is a reference to that individual’s unbelief and rebellion and sinful behavior. To live apart from God and in disobedience to His law, unable to understand truth, nor his true condition is a very foolish way in which to live.
Paul tells us, “redeem the time”. We may ask, “What time?” The answer: the time that we are breathing…..the time we are alive. Redeem the time. Make the most of that time while living on this global sphere that is spinning through space. Thus Paul is encouraging us to fill this time of our existence with worship and reasonable service to God.
Finally, Paul says that we are to walk circumspectly (carefully), making the most of the time…..because the days are evil. The same perpetrator of evil at the time of Paul is still manifesting his evil wares in the present time. With the availability of mass information systems, the devil can trick, deceive and manipulate humanity into all kinds of evil contortions.
Walk carefully therefore by staying in the Word of God (for instruction); in fellowship in the church (for encouragement and instruction); and by building up your most holy faith through prayer and communion with the Father. Our God demands nothing less!