Try To Understand

Try To Understand

05 December 2009


15 So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT)

These three little verses speak to me very personally about my life. I guess you could say they are my “Life Verses.” When Paul wrote this letter, Christianity was still in the experimental and experiential stages. Faith among Gentiles – how to please the God of the Jews (the God of everyone, actually) was still in the developmental processes. A few lines earlier Paul wrote, “Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:10 NLT)

“Try to find out.. Try to understand..” It was all very much a work in progress.

My life is still very much a work in progress. I appreciate that in the nearly twenty centuries since Paul wrote these words to the Ephesian believers, we’ve made a lot of progress. We’ve got the Bible, we’ve got church history, we’ve got knowledge and experience.

But for me, this is my first and only time through. This is my very first life, my first attempt at being a Christ-follower, at pleasing God, at living purposefully and wisely, at doing his will, at maximizing my opportunities, at getting ready for eternity.

It encourages me to read Paul’s words, “Try to find out.. Try to understand..” I’m learning this stuff as I go along and I don’t always get it right. But I’m trying. I keep trying. And he keeps being so patient with me.


Father, Thank you for your words of encouragement and challenge. I love you and I love the journey of discovery you’ve set before me. Thank you for giving my life purpose and worth. I’m going to keep trying to find out what pleases you and trying to understand what you want me to do. Please keep on being patient with me. Amen!

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