“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” - Ephesians 5:15-17.
The foregoing text contains the words of the erudite apostle of Christ and scholar, Saint Paul of Bible fame, who warned against the danger of indifference or lack of concern with matters of salvation. Like the fool in the parable of Christ who said to himself, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” (Luke 12:19) Therefore, to redeem the time means to make full use of the time by wholeheartedly dedicating oneself to the worship of the Creator in truth. In order to achieve this goal effectively, every believer needs to pray fervently and strive to pass the time of his “sojourning here in fear”. – 1 Peter 1:17.
The turbulence witnessed in this present age is a fulfilment of Biblical prophecies on the last days when we shall “hear of wars and rumours of wars” and see nation “rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” along with “famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places”. This is the time when the devil has ramped up his vile schemes to the highest level in a futile bid to carry out his empty boast of destroying all flesh. We must pay heed to the words of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ who charged us thus: “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” - Luke 21:36.