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“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Paul challenges us here to be careful [take heed, look, beware, see, walk circumspectly] and to be wise. Not plowing ahead blindly without looking where we’re going or even taking thought of where we want to go. We need to seek wisdom and not be foolish. The wise person looks around them and is aware of what’s going on. We need to open our eyes and make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil! Not wearing blinders, not putting our heads in the sand. We need to see the evil in the world, see the opportunities God gives us and make the most of them by using them to do good, to share truth and to shine the light.
It’s easy to walk with blinders on and pretend that what I see right in front of me is all that’s real. But the truth is the world is full of evil and corruption and it’s dying. The world is groaning, longing to be free of its curse. I need to walk with my eyes open and be aware of what is true and SEE the opportunities God brings.
I missed an opportunity this week. I knew it wasn’t a coincidence that the same woman came into my path two days in a row but I put my blinders on. I didn’t listen to God and respond. I can’t know what would’ve happened if I’d made the most of that opportunity but I can learn and be ready the next time.
Dear Lord, I want to walk wisely; I want to make the most of the opportunities you give me. I know how evil this world is. Open my eyes Jesus. Please help me make the most of the opportunities you give me.
What opportunities will God bring to us today? Are we ready?