03805 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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Ephesians 5: 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is.
The statue above, Rodin’s the Thinker, created in 1902 has always symbolized the idea of thinking things through, and also the strength of the human intellect. The only problem with that is the fact that in our supposed wisdom we frequently fail to take into account the vastness of God’s wisdom and the complexity of His thought processes. (Isaiah 55:9) The admonition in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians speaks of the times being evil and thereby implying the inevitable coming of “the great and powerful day of the Lord”.
What does it mean to “make the most of every opportunity”? Simply this. First that we must submit to God in everything, second, that we must pray in the Spirit to know when to speak and when to keep silent, and that we must speak the words as God gives them to us knowing the Scriptures and using the logic and rationale contained therein. We must, however, never give in to the idea that our wisdom surpasses that of God and that He alone works salvation in the hearts of those to whom He sends us.