Battle Blog | Ephesians 5:15-17 - I’m Decisive
by Tammy Sims
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the LORD is.
I recently returned home from a visit with my son and his family in Colorado as we welcomed our newborn grandson. Early one morning, my 2.5 year old granddaughter, Julep, sat with me during my quiet time. I know it sounds a little unlikely to have a “quiet” time with a 2.5 year old. Let me tell you, it was a sweet moment that God let me experience, and I will forever cherish. Julep had her own page in my journal that she covered with markers, pens, colorful tape, and heart-shaped stickers. This gave me an opportunity to talk with her about our hearts and how much God loves her.
Later that day, Julep and I took a stroll down the sidewalk – well, I strolled and she ran. She suddenly came to an abrupt stop and excitedly pointed out a hole in the shape of a heart on the sidewalk where a pebble had dislodged. Our earlier discussion was obviously still very present in her little mind, or else she probably wouldn’t have recognized the heart shaped hole.
When we take time to give God the opportunity to flood our hearts with ALL that HE is, we in turn have the opportunity to see HIM and HIS handiwork throughout our day. Just as Julep so quickly recognized a heart in the sidewalk, we too, will recognize GOD throughout our day. We begin to experience God-moments because we’ve spent time in His Word and on our knees and in His presence.
Ephesians 5:15-17 instructs us to look carefully as we walk, and later in this scripture, we’re instructed to understand what the will of the LORD is. If I added to that sentence, it would read “what the will of the LORD is for my life”, or better yet, “what the will of the LORD is for my day”.=
God’s instruction for us and His will for our lives is poured into our hearts as we are quiet, still, and focused on listening to Him. Then, regardless of how busy our day is, the truth God has spoken to us will be seen or heard, and connected back to our time with Him.
Seek solitude for your quiet time. Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.” Being still in His presence quiets your heart and mind.
Call to Him. Jeremiah 33.3 says “Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” God hears and will respond.
Listen and apply. Matthew 7:24 says “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Listening and applying God’s instruction in our life helps us walk in the wisdom God so desires for us.
Trust Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. “ Ask Him to occupy every corner of your life and trust Him to guide you.
He will lead. Psalm 32:8 says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” This scripture is flowing with promise. HE WILL. He will instruct. He will teach you. He will counsel you. He will keep His eye upon you.
Be intentional and don’t miss an opportunity to sit at His table each day. God has so much for you. His wisdom, love, presence, and surprises will make your day. There’s a heart in your path you don’t want to miss.