Do Not Be Foolish

Have you ever spent hours, weeks, and years trying to understand something, to master it to the best of your ability? I know I have and I think I can safely say most of us have. Many times it is job related, school related or simply passion related. We must dedicate ourselves to certain things to be good at them and to do them properly.

Many of us have hobbies and we spend big bucks maintaining them and staying up on the latest things related to them. Why then, are we so unwilling to put more time into getting to know God and his will for our lives?

Look at Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Ephesians Chapter four teaches practical ways to fulfill Gods’ purpose in the Church, and Chapter six teaches us how to fight the spiritual battle. Chapter five teaches about personal relationships, warns against several sins and instructs us about living in a different way.

Verse eleven tells us to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness”, verse fourteen tells us to “wake up” and verses fifteen and sixteen warns us to “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Then in verse seventeen we are given this warning-“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Too often we misuse the time we are given, especially when we aren’t diligent seeking Gods will.

There is nothing wrong with pursuing our hobbies or other interests. We must be careful though to put things in their proper order. We dare not negligent our souls. In verse ten we are told to “find out what pleases the Lord”.

I hope this encourages all of us, if we aren’t seeking God and his will first and foremost in our lives,to take a little honest inventory. I want to go to heaven and I’m sure that is your desire as well. Let’s spur each other on, encouraging each other to make sure we are ready for the “grandest of days”.

Eccl 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Ps 119:105-106 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

 

2 comments for “Do Not Be Foolish

  1. January 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    A great reminder. Safe to say we could all spend more time in the Word. In my daily devotional this morning, I was reminded how often we do not squarely face our sins, calling them, instead, weaknesses, mistakes, etc.

    Have you ever considered looking into writing for Power for Today or some other such devotional guide? You should.

    Judy, thank you for the vote of confidence; however I have not considered writing for other sources. To be honest with you, I don’t know where I would get the time and I’m probably not up to their requirements. I’m honored that you think so though. 🙂

  2. January 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I just picked up John Ortberg’s latest book, “The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You,” and he’s dealing with this very thing. I’ve only read a chapter and a half, but he is an excellent writer, pastor, and Ph.D. psychologist. He comes at it from the perspective of “flourishing” in the Lord.

    We’re looking forward to a dry weekend after a week of very heavy rains and storms.
    That sounds like a good book, I will have to pick it up.
    I have a brother in Santa Barbara and he has been keeping me posted on all the rain in Souther CA. I hope it doesn’t get worse.

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