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Midweek Devotionals

Published weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Midweek Devotional 1/22/2015

Robert Chen

Dear Church:

 

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/2015/1/22/

EPHESIANS 5:15-33

15Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. 24Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, 27so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind — yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.28In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, 30because we are members of his body. 31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. 33Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.

The only comment I'll make about verses 21 - 32 is this: Although the husband is the head of the wife, the wife is the neck that turns the head.  I know this not from personal experience but from observing others.

 

The bold and underlined portion is what I want to comment upon today, briefly.

 

I believe the word of the day -- in fact, the word for this year and probably for every year -- is wisdom. How are we to live in our crazy, confusing world? Wisdom. How do we make decisions when so many choices are opened up to us? Wisdom. How do we manage our time and how do we fill our time when we know we have limited time? Wisdom. How and in what areas do we invest our energies? We need God's Wisdom to answer all these questions.

 

To lack wisdom in our decisions, priorities, and actions automatically means we decide, prioritize, and act unwisely. This is another binary: either a 0 or a 1; either unwise or wise.

 

Unwise in the biblical sense is also "foolish." "The fool says in his heart, 'there is no God'" (Psalm 14:1). It's not about being an atheist; it's about living life as though there is no God.

 

Foolishness in this passage is pictured as getting drunk with wine. For those who've ever been intoxicated, you would know what this would mean. I guess if you were really intoxicated, you wouldn't know what this would mean. Wine, like any alcohol in your system, influences your thinking and behavior. People who drink from the fountain of foolishness predictably end up becoming foolish. Yes, a tautology. But it's true.

 

However, there is a much better way to live. It is the Way of Wisdom. In contrast to being drunk with wine, Paul writes that we ought to be filled with the Spirit. Godly wisdom, in other words, is not innate. Godly, spiritual wisdom comes from outside ourselves. The Holy Spirit imparts wisdom as a gift. The Holy Spirit also develops wisdom as a divinely-shaped character trait in a person so that the person sees things from a godly perspective.

 

The word of the day, for every day of our life on earth, is wisdom that comes from the Spirit.

 

May the Lord release wisdom to you like a mighty, never-ending river!

 

Amen.

 

Blessings,

pjohn