Summary: God’s Word speaks to people who just never seem to have quite enough to make life work...not enough time, energy, or money. If life seems to you like a picture of a man driving a compact car down a mountain road with a big truck two inches off his back bu
God’s Word speaks to people who just never seem to have quite enough to make life work...not enough time, energy, or money. If life seems to you like a picture of a man driving a compact car down a mountain road with a big truck two inches off his back bumper, barreling down upon him, then God’s has something to say to you.
Is your life such that the alarm goes off before you’ve had time to get your sleep and you wake up a little tired? Do you have to get up and get children up and clothed and fed and off to school? Then you have to prepare your own clothes and eat and get to work. When you get to work, there’s more work than you can do already waiting for you. The phone is ringing; people are coming by; the day is filled with meetings, even lunch is a meeting; and you get to the end of the day and you haven’t done all the work you feel like you should. You either have to take some home or you feel guilty about not getting it all done. Maybe on the way home, you have to pick up children and take them to lessons or games or some kind of workout or practice; and when you get home to that place that should be a place of refuge, it has its demands that it makes (there are chores to be done, meals to be prepared and cleaned up after, lawn to be taken care of, bills to be paid an you have more month than you have money) ... if yours is the kind of life that squeezes you in where there’s never quite enough.
Listen to this wisdom from God’s Word, for I think this is for us. READ 5:15-17
The Days Are Evil
Why is life so hectic for so many? Why is it, some people never have quite enough...not enough time, energy or money? You always need just a little bit more. Why is life hectic like that? Verse 16 has the answer: "...the days are evil..." It’s saying that we’re living under social, political, and economic systems that are evil. They are not under God’s control. It is under another control altogether, and we are under evil systems as we live in this world.
That’s why the song says, "This world is not my home. I’m just passing through."
I remember how our leaders used to tell us how evil the communist government system was, and that’s right. But our system is evil, too. All systems in this world have evil in them. Now let me say that I believe in free enterprise. I thank God for it. I believe in the republican form of government. I believe these systems are the very best in our world today, and that is unarguably true.
They work better than any other systems have ever worked in this world.
Do you know why? It is because our political and economic system has a true picture of people. We know that people are inherently selfish, and free enterprise takes care of that inherent need to get for self. That makes it work because we recognize that people are selfish.
Our government works because it has a system of checks and balances that say,
"We know that people cannot be trusted with power." So I think we have the very best system on the face of this earth because we understand the days are evil.
This system isn’t perfect. You see this when you talk with a forty-eight-year-old woman who gave several years of her life to her company. Because of a thing called downsizing (doesn’t that sound innocent) they told her, "You no longer have a job. We can’t be concerned about how you’ll take care of yourself or your family for the last seventeen years of your working life. We don’t know what you’re going to do, but that’s the way it is. By the way, you didn’t quite make it to your pension."
The days are evil that allows a thing like that to happen. Something is out of sync. Then later on, when a twenty-two-year-old is hired because she costs half as much, the days are evil.
When leaders are enticed by the easy money of gambling without giving concern to what gambling is going to do to the people they serve, the days are evil.
When there is a system that does not protect a baby in its mothers womb from being killed, and yet the same system gives full protection of the law to a fertilized egg in an egg bank, the days are evil.
When there are neighborhoods of every kind and civilized people who are more concerned about the neighbor’s lawn than they are about the neighbor’s life, the days are evil.