A self-proclaimed slave of Christ said this in the scriptures:
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. - Ephesians 5:15-16
The days are evil?
Random person: “Oh hey Ryan, how have you been these days?”
Me responding biblically: “The days are evil my friend, and I hath been residing in them.”
I find it interesting that Paul, who has been divinely inspired to write these words, would say “the days are evil”. After all, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to say that the days themselves are evil. Sure, the things we fill our days up with could be evil, but the days themselves? It’s almost like saying the sky is evil…or breathing is evil…or little baby kangaroos are evil. It just doesn’t make sense.
But sometimes God doesn’t make sense at all does He?
Most times, little old me forgets that God lives outside of time. I forget that our entire existence as the human race isn’t even a single tick on the clock that He’s created. THE TIME is fixed. THE TIME is a measured, allocated season. THE TIME is my life. We can’t know how long it is exactly, but most lifetimes are pretty similar…somewhere around 50-100 years.
Time is evil because we don’t have much of it.
And so it’s got me thinking about the way I spend MY TIME. We do spend it don’t we? It’s currency.
Someone once said, “No one who can rise before dawn 365 days a year fails to make his family rich.” This rich man has spent his time cultivating that wealth. He may have money for his family, but I bet he worked himself out of a deep and meaningful relationship with them as well.
The days are evil. We’ve only got a short time to fill them up with things that are wise and worthwhile.
I’d like to invite you to leave a comment on this post. All you have to do is copy the sentence below and fill in the blanks with whatever it is you want. Feel free to do this a few times if you need to.
I’d like to spend less time __________ so that I can spend more time __________.
May your evil days be filled with glorious things.