TIME AND PRUDENCE

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” Ephesians 5:15 KJV

Tightrope walking is probably one of the most extreme gymnastics sports. It involves walking gingerly along a thin rope, usually over an open space, or a waterfall. No doubt, such an activity requires the performer’s hundred per cent attention.

Like tightrope walkers, the Bible instructs us to walk carefully and circumspectly.

To walk circumspectly, according to our anchor text, means to live accurately and diligently without deviating from the law of duty. In your Christian journey as a believer, there’s only one way to live and that is by the word of God. Just like any slight deviation from the rope can be fatal for the tightrope performer, deviating from God’s word could prove fatal too.

In Ephesians 5:16, we are further instructed to redeem the time because the days are evil. This simply means that we are to make sacred use of every opportunity to do good.

As humans, our time here is limited. David said of us: “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty if our strength endures … for they quickly pass, and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10 NIV). We must therefore spend our time every day wisely.

The most dangerous thing to do is to exert time and energy, and even succeed in what God does not approve of. Hence, Apostle Paul instructs us in Ephesians 5:17 to avoid foolishness by understanding the will of God. As you discern the will of God for your life, living according to the dictates of His word, you are making wise use of your time.

What better time to practise this than at the end of the year! Take some time to reflect on the year and consider how much of your time you spent wisely in the will of God. How much time did you spend in the study of the word, in prayer, in preaching the gospel and in raising disciples? How much time did you invest in the things the Lord will have you do?

The concept of time presents us with a gift of newness. It’s an opportunity to reconsider and realign our steps to fit God’s plan. Start today. That’d be a wise decision.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 20:10-18, Revelation 18, Job 39, Haggai 1-2

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