Read Ephesians 5:15-16
Our verses for today seem to make sense on the surface. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” That last bit, however, about the days being evil has always been jarring for me. What does it mean? Various commentators have suggested that Paul is talking about the evil times he lives in. I wonder if he might have meant something more basic, something more practical. My struggle with time can feel like a struggle against the powers of evil. My list of tasks exceeds the time I have to complete them in. I’m constantly watching the clock. Rarely do I check the time and think to myself, “Great, I have plenty of time.” This may be where the evil part comes in, because the truth is that I do have plenty of time. Everyone does. Almost every feeling of “not enough” that occurs to us during a day, whether it is about time or money or affection from a loved one, etc., turns out to be deceptive and destructive. That 10th commandment about not coveting points to this. Even Adam and Eve were somehow convinced that paradise was not enough. This led to evil and a continuation of the very feeling (the lie) that they were trying to stave off through committing the first sin. The best way for me to go through the day as a servant of Satan rather than God is to nurse the perspective that I’m being shortchanged somehow. Everything bad that we as humans do, every other broken commandment, starts here. Paul’s words speak of a wonderful alternative. If with God’s help we are careful and wise about how we walk (inside and out), we can make something of our time.