“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17 (NKJV)
You’ll either redeem the time or regret the time God gives you in life. How do we redeem time? I thought, once it is gone, you can’t get it back! That’s true. But, redeeming the time in this passage refers to making the most of every opportunity, not wasting the time God gives you. How do we do that? How do we know the difference between a good door or God’s best door for us, the difference between good opportunities and God opportunities? The verse in Ephesians 5:15-17 give us the answer – wisdom!
“Therefore do not be unwise….”
We need wisdom to make the most of our opportunities. Wisdom is living skillfully. Wisdom is seeing life from God’s point of view. Wisdom enables us to walk circumspectly and not as fools who will regret their lives in the end. Fools live their lives by FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. Just like Satan distracted and derailed Eve by suggesting God was holding out on her, he can do the same to us. Jesus said to watch, pray, and be alert so that we can discern God’s perfect will. If we want wisdom when we face doors of decision, we need to ask the question:
IS THIS A DIVINE OPPORTUNITY OR A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION?
This is the principle of discernment. More often than not, I find that my real struggle isn’t between a divine door or a destructive one as much as it is between a good door and God’s best. Don’t let a beautiful distraction cause you to forfeit a Divine opportunity. I need discernment to know the difference. In Romans 12:2 the Bible puts it like this,
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The best way to get that kind of discernment is through prayer. Pray for discernment. Pray for wisdom. In James 1, the Bible promises us that, if we lack wisdom, all we need to do is ask God and He will give it to us. God isn’t trying to hide His will. As I pray for discernment and see the tests for knowing God’s will lining up, I reach for the door praying that God will shut it in my face if it’s the wrong door for me.