By Scott Brown
First Baptist Church, Waverly
Focal Passage: Ephesians 5:15-21
Paul, here, encourages believers to be careful to walk wisely. What exactly does it look like to walk wisely? Wisdom is the blessing Solomon chose which pleased God. Wisdom is offered freely to any and all believers who would ask for it in faith according to James. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of it in Proverbs.
What is wisdom, then? J.I. Packer describes it by saying, “To live wisely you have to be clear-sighted and realistic, ruthlessly so, in looking at life as it is.
Wisdom will not go with comforting illusions, false sentiment, or the use of rose-colored glasses.” Wisdom, then, is being able to see things clearly as they truly are and being able to respond rightly to them. [Read more…]