We live in confusing times, don’t we? So much is happening on such a consistent basis that just keeping up with the news is exhausting, even paralyzing. Do you ever look around and say, “Jesus, what in the world is going on and what can I do about it?”
If you do, that is the perfect response.
To some extent, most of history has been confusing times. When the apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian church, it was during a confusing, complicated time in history. When he wrote them, Paul told the Ephesians what it was that he was praying for them and it could not be timelier for us.
Paul wrote; “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (Ephesians 1:17).” We need the wisdom and revelation that Paul was praying for here, don’t we?
Our world is facing many obvious and troubling problems and there are many people searching for solutions. However, without seeking the will and wisdom of God, any answers that we find will be incomplete.
In his commentary of the book of Ephesians, David Guzik wrote: “Karl Marx wrote about a new man and a new society, but he saw man and society both in almost purely economic terms, and offered only economic answers. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul also saw the new man and a new society, but he saw it all accomplished by the work of Jesus.”
We have to face the world with a gospel perspective. How we relate and respond to it will only be spiritually effective if we do it with godly wisdom. Let’s pray that God would give us more of the “Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”
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Reading Plan–Week Thirty-Three
Day One–2 Corinthians 12
Day Two–2 Corinthians 13
Day Three–Galatians 1
Day Four–Galatians 2
Day Five–Galatians 3