addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:19-21
Scattered. Cloudy. Disconnected. Sometimes life feels like swirling chaos. Your schedule is at full capacity. Relationships are demanding. And recognizing, let alone living in, the way of Jesus feels next to impossible.
What do you do on those days? Where does your heart go? What do you lean on to find stability?
For Paul, wisdom is making the most of our days (Ephesians 5:15-16). But how do we make the most of those days when we feel so disoriented – not able to discern right from wrong or up from down?
Paul suggests finding the way of wisdom is predicated on God being in his rightful place and us being in ours. First, when we recognize God in his rightful place, there is only one who deserves praise. Second, when we recognize ourselves in our rightful place, we realize how much we have to be grateful for. Third, when we recognize the first two, we gain wisdom and begin to see submission from a healthy position where God’s commands come from his love for us and where God’s words advocate for our joy.
Sometimes the best thing we can do in times of great confusion is to pause and pray. Here’s an example of a prayer of re-orientation. You could try this one or perhaps write your own.
God, you are the king of kings, Lord of lords, master of masters. You are the creator of the universe and designer of all humanity. You are the sustainer of life and the ruler of all authorities in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. You alone deserve honor and glory and power and praise – both now and into eternity.
God, You have created me to be human – finite and dependent. My limits are for my good and my dependence is for your glory.
God, you have created me to be your child – resembling you and obeying you. This is because you love me and you desire my deepest joy. Help me to trust you today to be the Lord of my situation. Grant me wisdom as I trust in you.
By Yvonne Biel