Today’s bible study is Ephesians 5:15-16: Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
We may not have read this specific verse often, yet we have been taught since we were little children that we need to be careful how we live our lives. Both at home and at church, we were taught to treat others as we would want them to treat us and to love all people, even those who hurt us. We learned the Ten Commandments and, to the best of our poor abilities, have tried to live by them. Nearly every day, we begin once again making choices in our lives that will best serve us and those we love and also serve God.
We are also taught to become wise. Wisdom begins in tiny fragments and amasses over the years through exposure to different events, through trial and error, and through living the consequences of our behavior. Wisdom is to be cherished, nurtured, respected and passed along. Wisdom is an amalgam of all that we have seen, felt, smelled, tasted and heard. It is the fabric of everything we have done, everything we have gained or lost, all that we have built or broken, all our successes and failures. It is everything that has brought us joy and sorrow, praise and criticism, ecstasy and heartbreak. It is all that we have accumulated over a lifetime, regardless of how long that lifetime has been. Each year may decrease a bit of cell production or energy level, but each year will, without question, increase wisdom.
Young people often think that they know everything and do not need the wisdom of their elders. They may know the latest technological developments, the trendiest looks in fashion, and how to text on a cell phone more quickly than their parents. Yet, they are yet uninitiated. They have not lived long enough and gathered enough experience to have a real store or wisdom. There is so much they still do not know. Recently a young waitress was serving an older couple who were celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary. She asked what their secret was. The wife answered, “It’s not romance or date night. It’s being sick and getting through it, going broke and rebuilding from nothing, and giving more than you take on every compromise. It’s a long, hard road, but one that is better traveled together.”
In the bible, a great deal of admiration is afforded the wisdom of the elderly. Sadly, this is one of the things that seem, all too often, to be lacking in our present day world. Many of us occasionally ask: Wouldn’t it be nice to be young again, knowing what we know now? May we always acknowledge the wisdom of our elders and learn from them. May we respect that wisdom and allow it to help us make the best choices that we can. And, Dear Lord, may you always help us to keep our days free of sin and evil, always following in your path and growing in your blessed ways. Help us to make every day a celebration of your wisdom and love. You may also like to read:
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- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series