Dispatch Two Hundred Thirty-Four

Posted: November 16, 2016 in Forty-Seventh Bundle
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EPHESIANS 5:15-20

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, 20 always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

‘Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise.’ Wise people therefore are careful people – or, remembering the psalmist’s proverb, who live their lives in the ‘fear of the Lord.’ Again, this does not mean that the wise are anxious or scared, or that they are afraid of what God will do to them if they should displease Him. To be full of care is the opposite of being indifferent or negligent or reckless. It is rather to be concerned, responsible, and deliberate in the choices we make and how we live.

The wise men and women of every generation are those who have sought the eternal and universal truths in life, and who seek to put their own lives in accord with the deeper principles that guide and govern all things. In the language of the Bible, these deeper principles are referred to as the ‘will of God’ – not some fickle and changing impulse in the divine life, but the current of destiny and fulfillment underlying, animating, and carrying forward the grand adventure of existence itself.

Our human sense or perception of that deeper force of God’s will is what stands behind the constant arrival of best-selling titles on the seven habits of this, the ten laws of that, and the four agreements that will improve our odds for success and happiness in life. Beneath the particular prescription of a given author, in other words, is an awareness open to everyone – that life is most meaningful and rewarding when we find a focus, keep our balance, and direct our energies to the things that truly matter.

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