Summary: Wisdom is not knowledge, it is the correct application of knowledge. A person can have all the knowledge in the world and yet lack wisdom.
Walking in Wisdom
Text: Ephesians 5:15-21
By: Ken McKinley
I have an uncle that has a certain phrase that he often uses when someone comes to him with troubling news. He will listen to the person and then he will say, “This too will pass.” Now he doesn’t say that flippantly or without compassion, he is sincerely trying to get people to see that the troubles of this world are only momentarily. And as I was thinking about this, I guess we could use that saying for the good times as well. Now it probably wouldn’t be wise to say that to someone if they were telling you about a great event. I mean; could you imagine if someone came up to you and said, “Hey guess what! Things are going great in my life. I just got a promotion at work and a dollar an hour raise. My kids are doing well in school and life is just great.” They might get a little upset if you looked at them and in somber tones said, “This too will pass.”
But the reality is, that both the good times in life and the bad times, are not constant. There is another saying that says, “All which pleases is but for a moment. All which troubles is but for a moment. That only is important which is eternal.” And I think that being able to distinguish between these three options is the key to living a life of contentment. And that’s not always an easy thing to do, it calls for wisdom which God supplies in His Word and which the Holy Spirit applies to our everyday lives.
So as we’ve been looking through Ephesians we’ve seen how Paul has told us to put off certain things, and to put on other things, and now he begins by telling us that we should walk in wisdom.
You can have all the knowledge in the world and still lack wisdom. Wisdom isn’t knowledge; it’s the correct application of knowledge. Luck and sill might make you a lot of money, but wisdom will help you to keep it. Charisma and kindness might make you a lot of friends, but wisdom will help you keep them and make sure that they are true. Wisdom will keep a person out of trouble, wisdom will help you avoid danger, and wisdom will help you make the right decisions in life. In-fact I would say that wisdom is supposed to guide our lives. Unfortunately; we live in a world where thinking through the implications of one’s choices is a rare phenomenon. And what’s bad about this is that this world lives in us too.
The impulsive person will base their decisions on feelings, desires, instincts and immediate circumstances. Impulsive people rarely count the cost of their decisions, but a wise person will think things through, they don’t act impulsively or on a whim.
(Spec Ops Mission Planning Illustration – end to beginning)
So this is what Paul tells us in verse 15, to walk with wisdom, not as a fool, and we need wisdom so that we know how to take full advantage of our time and make the most out of all our opportunities. That’s what vs. 16 tells us to do, redeem the time, because the days are evil. If Paul had written this in Latin instead of Greek he would’ve said, “Carpe Diem!”… “Seize the Day!” And he says we need to do this because they days are evil.