Ed Young Television Devotional

Opportunity Knocks

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

Can you remember walking down the sidewalk, a street, or any other paved surface being careful to step over every single crack? The saying was, “step on a crack, break your mother’s back.” So in the mind of an elementary school child, you had to choose your steps carefully so you wouldn’t put your foot in the wrong place. For every step made, there was an opportunity for something good or something bad to happen.

The apostle Paul also taught that every step matters. The phrase “be very careful” carries the idea of caution. And our goal should be to take the exact step God desires for us in every opportunity. We choose this kind of precision because there are consequences to our choices. “The days are evil” is not just a petty threat. There are pitfalls ready to swallow us whole if we make a move without seeking God’s direction first.

God desires us to be careful with the time we’ve been given. And our exact steps should be chosen with the goal of “making the most of every opportunity.”


Lord, Help me to be wise in my daily decisions and take advantage of the time you have given me. I know you have a purpose and plan for my life, and I want to make sure that I am making the most of every opportunity to work for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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