“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17
A conversation I have often with my children is one that centers on the difference between knowledge and wisdom. It doesn’t take much investigating beyond your current sphere of influence to realize we live in a society that has a lot of knowledge, but very little wisdom. Today in our study we are going to just concentrate on one verse, verse 17 of Ephesians 5, which talks about godly wisdom.
As you can see there is only one section of the scripture verse that I have underlined, “understand the will of the Lord”. This verse is comparing and contrasting two different things, being unwise to understanding the will of the Lord. Or as I would tell my children in a vocabulary lesson, the antonyms are unwise and wise.
The unwise choice we can decipher in contrast to the wise choice is spending your time trying to understand God. Scripture is very clear when it says that God is beyond figuring out:
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33
Instead of wasting our time and fighting against this truth, we need to submit ourselves to learning and understanding the will of the Lord as He conforms our own will to be in-line with His.
For the duck in the story we have been following this truth means that when she came upon a situation or a new lesson in her life she was to study the ways of the Big Daddy duck and ask the Big Daddy duck to teach her and show her the things He wanted her to do. She was not to set her own “duck day agenda”, but rather instead find out what was on the master calendar set by the Big Daddy duck. Finally, she had to make the decisive decision to take part in the activities the Big Daddy duck set before her no matter what her puddle duck nature was telling her in opposition to those activities.
As for us, here are some ways we can transfer the truths of the pond into our lives:
- Make your first and foremost goal of each day to seek out God and His will for that day
- Pray for God to change your heart so you will desire to do the things he asks you to do instead of the things you wish you could do.
- Go to scripture and learn how God works, how He speaks, and how He desires to be an intimate part of your life.
- Be on the look-out for God at work around you and the invitations He puts out for you to join Him – that is a suggestion from the book Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby (a must read for every believer as far as I am concerned).
- And finally, commit in your mind even before God shows you the way He wants you to go that you will follow Him wherever He asks and be willing to take up any cross He sets before you.