We have all seen it, maybe have fallen prey to it. That picture of a hopeless child or abused animal followed by a request for money that could make all the difference in the world. Or maybe it is the tele- evangelist promising so much if you would only send in some money. Today, the political arena is littered with pictures and captions meant to sway one’s thinking. As much as times seem to change, things are not so different than they were at the start. The father of lies began the whole process saying, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” (Genesis 3:1). A subtle twist of words and deception is introduced to mankind and it has been going on ever since.
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
In a study this past week, this verse was brought up and it caught my attention once again. It seems to capsulize the reason for our need to mature continuously in Christ. The exhortation that was given to the church in Ephesus rings true today as well; that is, to walk in wisdom. Someone once said, “An intelligent man believes only half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.” Paul told the church in Colossae to “walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.” (Colossians 4:5) What is wisdom? What does it mean to be wise? The word wise, located in Ephesians 5:15, means one who in action is governed by piety and integrity. For the Christian, our call is to “walk circumspectly” (i.e., aware of our surroundings) realizing that the world around us is watching and we want our steps to influence that world for the cause of Christ. As one commentator writes, “Hence the need for care and wisdom, lest the Christian cause should be inadvertently jeopardized by thoughtless speech or action on the part of the Christian.” In a world that has not really changed that much, God’s people need to “be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil” (Romans 16:19). In order for this to happen, we must be people of the word!
Just how important is godly wisdom in God’s eyes? Well, I encourage you to read all of Proverbs 4 to get a full sense of its importance. For this article, v7 will suffice, “Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” The days are evil, and Satan is hard at work seeking to lure people away from God. May God help us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ our Savior so we can fight the good fight and influence the world for Him.