Ephesians 5:7 says, “Therefore do not be partakers with them.” The ‘them’ are those who are walking in darkness: fornication, all uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, or coarse jesting. Verse 8-10 says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.”
Light penetrates darkness. We are living in dark times. Verse 15 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.” Circumspectly means: carefully, exactly, strictly, distinctly.
There are so many verses in Proverbs about wisdom. Proverbs 2:10-12 says, “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things.” Our nation is full of folks speaking perverse things. Don’t let that affect your testimony of light.
Grumbling and complaining is walking in darkness. The end of Ephesians 4:4 says, “…but rather giving of thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the WILL of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Oh! How we all need to be reminded of this. It is God’s will for us to be an army of thanksgiving and praise.
A great example for us to remember and practice is found in 2 Chronicles 20:21. King Jehoshaphat appointed the singers, “…who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness…” The result? Verse 22 says, “Now when they BEGAN to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes…and they were defeated.”
Let us collectively BEGIN to sing and to praise. Isaiah 59:19 says, “…when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” Our Victorious Conqueror is actively at work in our nation. Let us honor Him through our thanksgiving and praise!