Ephesians 5:17; Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a fantastic story based a short story titled “The Perfect Gift”. Do you remember the part in the movie where George and Mary are in the taxi heading for their honeymoon when they see a commotion at the bank. People are trying to get all their money out and make a run on the ol’ Building and Loan. Once George hears they are about to lose everything he confronts the crowd. He tries to reason with them. One man offers up to the panicking mob, that the bank will give them back cents on the dollar for their money. As the mob turns George desperately blocks their exit.
Here is part of George’s speech that caught my attention (From the script):
"Can't you understand what's happening here? Don't you see what's happening? Potter isn't selling. Potter's buying! And why? Because we're panicky and he's not. That's why. He's picking up some bargains. Now, we can get through this thing all right. We've got to stick together, though. We've got to have faith in each other"
Now look at the literal expanded translation;
Ephesians 5:17; On account of these many gods worshiped, don’t senseless, but thoroughly comprehensive in your understanding what the intense desire of God is.
The intense desire of God is for you to know the score. He wants you to see that in times when you lose your head over family drama, or conflict, when you panic then turn to alcohol, drugs, people, and sell out to the things that can never deliver you–only put you in deeper into the devil’s snare–that the devil wins! The devil rally’s circumstances urging you to panic and lose your head. Why is there drama? So you’ll be so busy dealing with it you’ll forget to ask God what’s going on. We have to stick together and not panic. You and I we are here to encourage and lift each other. You’re never alone in the struggles if you have God and you have fellow believers who will stand with you. You are so precious to God, and your life is intensely important.
John 10:10; The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
Are you seeing the abundance God promises–really seeing it? You can. It’s God’s intense desire for you to see it. Set aside the complex speculations of this world and hold fast to the goodness and truth that is our salvation. As George said, “We’ve got to stick together.” When we believe that God’s Word is God’s intense desire and will for our life we,