The apostle emphasises the urgency of this calling. Redeem the time because the days are evil! They were at that time in the dark days of the Roman Empire. The days are even more evil today, though man in his pride boasts that things are always and only getting better and improving. This is also the thinking of fools who ignore reality. As time marches on, the days become more and more evil. In connection with the amazing advances in science and technology sin abounds as wicked man uses all things in rebellion against God. The cup of iniquity is rapidly filling. When we see and hear what is happening today, we wonder that Christ does not return now in judgment.
Just think of the evil of our days, the lawlessness, the violence, the immorality, the apostasy, the persecution. The days are evil! Who can deny it? It is to the wise a warning not to set their hearts upon the earthly. Rather they look to the imminent return of the Saviour. We sense the urgency of all this, do we not? Walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, for the days are evil! Let us seek the grace of God unto that end. For we must confess that we often fail so miserably. We squander so much time. We waste so many opportunities. We are so often poor stewards who have but little time for the most important things, spiritual things. This is not the time to walk carelessly! The very evil of our days should serve as an incentive to walk circumspectly, redeeming the time. Look to Christ, the Captain of your salvation. Watch and pray. Hear his word, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1;8).
By Rev Michael DeVries, Protestant Reformed Church, The Standard Bearer, October 2019.
(Jimmy Hamilton aka The Street Preacher.