“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” -Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)
We all have moments in our lives where we have regretted a past decision or action. What we wouldn’t give for the ability to go back in time with the wisdom we have now! We would have expressed ourselves differently, stayed away from those situations that ensnared us, and thought through our choices more carefully. But as much as we would like to, the reality is that we cannot undo the past. Sometimes we refuse to accept even this simple fact. How much time and energy do we waste brooding over what could have been? Instead of allowing God to help us learn from our past mistakes, we cling onto them; thereby sowing the seeds of bitterness and hopelessness in our hearts.
God’s wisdom is perfect. In His omnipotence He sees what we as humans cannot. He knows what transpires in the minds of men. He knows the consequences of every action we will undertake. Moreover, His judgment is not clouded by the corruption of sin. Our judgment is tainted by wickedness. It is for this reason that we often act out of sinful impulses and selfish gain. But God, because He is holy and just, can only act out of righteousness and purity. In His love, He offered up Himself to us on the cross so that, through His cleansing of our sinful nature and through Him indwelling in our hearts, He will be able to guide our lives according to His flawless wisdom. As long as we stay within His good and perfect will, we are assured of the promise that our evil desires will not ensnare us and that the poison of regret will not consume us. How do we discern the will of God? It is only through prayer and the reading of His Word. By spending time in His presence, He will give us the strength to abandon all that is holding us back, and the wisdom to make the most of every second of the life He has given to us by allowing Him to guide our steps. With Him as our compass, let us look forward with hope and embrace the glorious future He has planned for us!
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.