Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is Ephesians 5:17
Can God’s Word get your attention? That verse should have you reaching for your Bible. Ephesians 5:17 is basically saying, “Hey! Pay attention and don’t be foolish! Understand the Lord’s will.”
We can be sure of this: If God tells us to understand something, He will provide what we need to understand it. That’s the reason He has given us His Word.
“LET GOD’S WORD FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION ON HIM BEFORE YOU FOCUS ON YOURSELF.”
Understanding God’s will means knowing what He wants from us. Too often we think His will is either a mysterious secret we will never know or some detailed, predetermined path from which we dare not deviate. Too many of us live in quiet desperation because we assume we’ve violated God’s will when we understand little about it.
And just as God promises to provide the understanding we need, He helps us live out His will in ways we can’t do on our own. God’s will is less about what we can do and more about what He wants to do in and through us. What He wants from you is you. The way of wisdom that sets you free first requires you to know God better.
Ephesians 5:17 points to the life of wisdom that results when we let the Scriptures instruct us about His will. Here, Paul exhorts us to take enough time to understand the concept of God’s will before we attempt to personalize it. Let God’s Word focus your attention on Him before you focus on yourself. The more intimately you know the Lord, the better prepared you will be for all He has planned for your life.
Written by James MacDonald
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