The Pursuit of Wisdom (Ephesians 5:15)
Ephesians 5:15, See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Here Paul calls upon believers to walk circumspectly. We will either walk foolishly, or as wise Christians. The foolish man loves and lives for the perishable things of this world. While the wise man lives for the eternal things of God. He sets his affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).
How can we live a wise life? Paul calls believers to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1). We imitate God by living a life of love (Ephesians 5:1), by living as light (Ephesians 5:8), and finally, by living wise lives (Ephesians 5:15). The lost do not need to hear about love, they need to see it.
Paul cautions us to be very careful, then, how [we] live. In order to enjoy a wise walk we must see to it that we walk circumspectly. Circumspectly means to walk accurately, carefully, diligently, precisely. To look around; to be on the lookout. It has the idea to pick the way, to be careful how we walk, as though we were walking on a ground filled with broken bottles.
The book of Proverbs gives us examples of walking in wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 10:1; 12:15; 13:16, 20; 14:16; 28:26). The wise man, in contrast, values wisdom and pursues it diligently (Proverbs 2:1-5). How does a believer gain wisdom? A believer gains wisdom by walking with and learning from wise people (Proverbs 13:20).
James and Solomon tell us that God gives us wisdom if we ask for it (James 1:5; Proverbs 2:6). Paul states that in Jesus all the treasures of wisdom are found (Colossians 2:3). Jesus says fools build their lives on sand, but the wise build on the rock of His Word (Matthew 7:24-27).
The wise walk is only available to those who are willing to walk in the Spirit—to trust God’s wisdom above their own and follow it. The will and purpose of God for our lives is not hidden, but shown to us in the pages of Scripture. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to read and apply the truths of God’s Word to the daily decisions of life. We walk wisely when we walk obediently. Let us follow these instructions.
Prayer: Father, Your Word says that You will give us wisdom if we will ask for it. Forgive me for all the times that I failed to ask You for it. Your wisdom is available to me at all times. Thank You for those You have allowed to come into my life to help me become wiser. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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