Prayer for the day
Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; let those who love your salvation say for ever, “Great is the LORD!”
Scripture for the day
“The days are evil” says Paul to the church at Ephesus. His encouragement for the people of God is to live carefully, to live well, according tot he statutes and laws of God. In this way, says Paul, the people of God will continue in the way of God, regardless of the times.
Paul recognizes that without vigilance, it is easy for us to drop our guard, to lose care with regard to how we live. Unless we are reminded, unless we recognize that we’re living toward a specific end and unless we are constantly reminded what that end is, we easily forget our purpose and live in whatever way seems best to us. Paul’s encouragement is to move the people away from unreflective and purposeless lives and toward the purpose God has set aside for them. The people of God are called to be God’s people, and the life they live toward the kingdom of God must be kept in front of them or they will neglect the life to which they’re called.
The Prophet Isaiah speaks to the children of Israel about they way that they live as well. The people all around them had forgotten what their purpose was, what God’s desire was for them, and they were being warned by Isaiah that God’s judgement was coming for them because they had failed in their task. This was true not only of the surrounding nations, but of Israel as well. It was vital that they recapture the sense of purpose God had given them, living carefully toward the future, in order that they fulfill their purpose.
Are you careful in the way you live, knowing that your life is a part of bring the kingdom close?