Friday, December 24, 2021

Living Circumspectly 3

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Ephesians 5:15-17 (NET) Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is.

Michael and David were both security men in Mr. Amadi's organization. Mr. Amadi really liked David and would say "that boy is very wise". That wasn't really the case with Micheal, even though Michael was very dutiful and obeyed all the rules.

They had a rule in the organization that everyone coming into the complex must first show their ID card or visitors card before allowed entry.

On a certain day, Mr. Amadi's close friend and business partner really needed to see him urgently. This friend was known to all the security men, and everyone understood that he was close to the boss.

Michael was on duty that day and did not allow this Mr. Amadi's friend to enter the office because he did not present an ID card or visitors card. Mr. Amada was so angry when he heard that a security man prevented his friend from entering the complex. He said 'I'm sure if David were the one on duty, he wouldn't do that nonsense'. David was a wise worker because he did not just know the laws, he understood why the laws were put there in the first place. The law of ID was put in place to prevent unknown men(who could be criminals) from entering the office complex. If a person was already known to the security men as a staff or someone who is not an intruder, he shouldn't need to present an ID to gain entry. Micheal didn't know this because he did not understand the reason for the law.

It is one thing to know the Lord's will, but it is another to understand the Lord's will. It is good to know what the Lord wants, but it is better to understand why the Lord wants what He wants. We see in today's Bible verse that understanding the Lord's will is the definition of wisdom. You cannot truly walk circumspectly if you don't understand the Lord's will.

Go into today remembering that it is only those who understand the will of the Lord that will truly fulfill it.

Prayer: Lord, help me truly understand your will concerning every area of life. Help me live wisely in this world.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible In One Year: II Peter
Credits: Bible(Bible Experience, Zondervan)

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