Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, January 13, 2020


Text: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15,16.

Comment: Apostle Paul in the text for today gives a timely admonition to all people of goodwill towards God. To be ‘circumspect’ means to carefully consider all circumstances and possible consequences, (before acting); taking everything into account; cautious, acting after much thought. It is sad to note that some people do not have the patience or experience to reflect deeply before they do things. Thus, they act impetuously or impulsively with confidence on the basis of limited knowledge and experience. The consequences of such ungodly acts are usually adversely felt in our relationship with God, intra-personal and inter-personal relationships, careers, marriage, business, and other endeavours.

We should not be carried away with the trending evils. Remember that though Noah and Lot with their respective families lived among sinners and evil doers, they remained steadfast and faithful in their service to the Almighty God. (2 Peter 2:5-8) Let everyone make the most of the time God has given to us to do what is right and pleasing in His sight. (Ecclesiastics 9:10; Titus 2:11-14) Saint Paul exhorts that we should “walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” (Colossians 4:5) He added: “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3,4.  

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