15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Every generation faces unparalleled challenges and difficulties. The day we live in is no different. While there may be a new obstacle we are facing, the fact is that every generation throughout the course of human history has faced hardship in this world. The world, at one point, was completely flawless and free of problems, but that ended in the Garden of Eden when mankind chose to disobey his gracious God and sinned against His holiness.
Since that time, the world has been riddled with sin and its problematic effects. While not every single difficulty in life can be directly tied to a specific sin in a cause and effect relationship, if there were no sin, this world could be an absolute paradise. For those of us who know Jesus as Savior, one day we will experience what that will be like when we enter His presence in Heaven.
But until that time, we live in this world that has all sorts of problems and difficulties. I'd encourage you to read all of Ephesians 5 when you have time. The context of today's verses have to do with living a pure life. The church at Ephesus was no stranger to living for Christ in a difficult world. The book of Ephesians is even a prison epistle, as it was written by Paul after he had been arrested for his witness for Christ.
In all of this, we find the ideas to walk circumspectly and redeem the time. I don't mean to oversimplify this idea, but essentially we have been instructed to live in this world with an understanding of what is around us, including the trappings and pitfalls. In the middle of being conscious of everything around us, we are to capitalize on the time that God has graciously given us and use it to the best of our ability to bring glory to Him.
Be aware of what is going on, but don't let it get you off course. Redeem the time. The days are evil, but Jesus is wonderful. Live today with an eternal perspective of using the time that God has given you in this present world to be a testimony of His goodness and grace. Use the life you have wisely and do not waste it!
Written by Corey Knopf