making the very most of
your time [on earth,
recognizing and taking advantage
of each opportunity and using it
with wisdom and diligence],
because the days are [filled with] evil.
- Ephesians 5:16 AMP
Today's Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-18
Today’s Scripture says, “Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people],
making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil.
Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.
Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness (corruption, stupidity), but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit and constantly guided by Him.”Ephesians 5:15-18 AMP
What we may understand from the topic today is that even though we serve the God who is the author of time, yet unrestricted by time, we, as his children, live in a time-bound, time-controlled planet. What this means is that there is something very important about our “time”, and we need to pay attention to it. A lot of inequality stares us in the face: financial, racial, gender, etc. However, what is equal to each and everyone on earth is 24 Hours/7 Days.
If this is the truth, the question becomes, “how do you make use of your only asset of equality?” This determines everything. Jesus therefore lays a few guidelines in Matthew 6:33 that talks about priorities. In Ephesians, as we read today, the Bible also tells us to seize the day. Therefore, as we wait on God and trust in God, we need to use our time well as we said yesterday. No one can boast that one race has more allotted time over another race. Neither can that be said about genders nor people at different financial ends. Now that you and me have the same 24hours/7days, it becomes up to each one of us to do what is best with those perpetually ticking seconds.
However, how unwise is it to make the best use of time without communing with the one who created time. Read Ephesians 5:19 again.
Prayer Point: Father, I understand that you are the Author and Creator of time, yet you are not bound or controlled by time, but at the same time, you are the God who is always on time, and there is none like you! So, God, I come before you today to ask for wisdom to make the best use of my time. Teach me not to be controlled or swayed by time or circumstances, but to be able to seize each day in honor of your name and to the glory and praise of your name in Jesus name.
*if there are any particular areas where you know that you seem to have lost your grip because time seems to have passed you by, now is the time to pray about it and ask for wisdom concerning that specific thing.