Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread have passed for the year 2014. The next festival in God’s calendar is Pentecost, which will be observed Sunday, June 8. How should Christians be occupying their days until the arrival of this next festival?
The apostle Paul has the answer: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16, emphasis added throughout). Looking at the news and trends of the world around us, we see that the days are becoming more and more evil. So how do we redeem the time? How do we make the best use of the minutes, hours and days God has given us? Paul continues, “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (verse 17).
This is where it all starts. If we want to truly use our time in the best possible way, then we need to begin with understanding God’s will for both our lives and the world at large. The path to that understanding is one of prayer, Bible study, meditation, fasting and fellowship—and it’s a path we can never afford to stop walking.
For the next four days, our Daily Bible Verses will cover the theme of “redeeming the time.” We will cover practical ways to make the best use of the time we have been given.
One of the best uses of our time is studying the Bible. Learn more by reading “How to Study the Bible.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Numbering Our Days.”