“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16, ESV)
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Bible is how God passes on His wisdom to humanity. Just like a loving Father should, He allows His children to fall, make mistakes, and take the wrong path. He then patiently waits for us to come humbly before His feet, repenting of our wayward ways. Then, He gives us His wisdom.
He has done this throughout all of history. First with the Israelites in the Old Testament, and then Jesus did it with the disciples. And God continues to do it now through His Sprit that lives within all those who believe in Him today.
This is what Paul was talking about when He wrote that we should walk as one who is wise, not as the unwise. The unwise fail to listen to the Holy Spirit, and the unwise choose to walk as the world does. The wise however seek His council and rely fully upon His Holy Spirit for wisdom, knowledge and guidance. The wise have ears to hear His Word, and eyes to see as He sees.
There’s a tendency to rely on a spiritual leader for wisdom. God does give wisdom to many who lead and preach; however the wisdom specifically meant and designed for your walk in Him will come to you through the power of His Holy Spirit.
Father, I want Your wisdom, and Yours alone. Lead me, Lord, upon the paths in my life. Help me to hear as You want me to hear, and see as You see. Lead me so I don’t waste my time or my life. Let my days be lived for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Look carefully at your spiritual walk this week. Are you walking in His Spirit, or are you walking in the world’s wisdom?