Inspired by blogging friends, I asked the Lord to show me a verse that he wanted me to focus on for this year. Instead, God led me to two verses: Ephesians 5:15-17 and Psalm 3:3.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NASB)
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
The words that stand out to me in these verses are “the days are evil.” As our nation abandons a foundation built upon Judeo-Christian values to become a nation resting upon the shifting sands of humanistic values, there is a need for Christians to walk in wisdom, make the most of their time, and understand what the will of the Lord is. I want to do my part by adhering to the truth in God’s word, using the time God has given me to encourage others and to preach the gospel, and seeking God’s will for my life.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I love the image of the Lord being “a shield around me.” When we walk in wisdom, make the most of our time, and attempt to understand God’s will, we become prey for Satan and a target for those who despise us for living in the light. Though people may attack and persecute, the Lord will lift our heads and give us victory, even if it is not in this world.
Father, thank you for being my shield, my glory, and the one who lifts my head. Help me to walk in wisdom, to make the most of my time, and to understand your will.