“Therefore do not be unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is”
(Eph. 5:17 NKJV)
we can understand the Bible by fervently studying every day
- The first word in this verse captures our attention. “Therefore” connects verse 17 to the preceding verses. “Therefore” practically shouts: “read the previous section and you will know why I’m saying this.” The context highlights the difference between living in light and living in darkness (8-10). Do not fellowship the works of darkness, but rather reprove them (11). They are shameful (12). They are foolish (15). They misuse time (16). Therefore...be different.
- The second thing we see is the contrast: “do not be unwise...” An unwise person may not know what really matters in life. His first concern may lead him to pursue financial profits, what brings him the most illicit pleasure, or what makes him popular. Christians must resist these temptations.
- “Do not be unwise but…” Paul encourages the understanding reader to focus on what is really important in life —spiritual things, holiness, growth in Christ, and spiritual influence upon others. Christians must pursue these virtues.
- “Understanding” promises that we can know the will of the Lord. This echoes a previous promise: “…how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I wrote before in a few words, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)” – Ephesians 3:3-4. God revealed the gospel to Paul; he wrote it for our benefit. Reading what Paul wrote allows us to know what Paul knows.
- Every Christian needs God’s wisdom to survive this evil age. The most important question in the universe is, “What is the will of God for me?” God has put the answer within our grasp. The only thing worse than being unable to grasp this salvation information is being unwilling to read it.
Fervently study the Bible every day. This is the only way to understand God’s will.
– Rick Duggin