Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise (Eph 5:15). It is all too easy to walk aimlessly and to get nowhere. In these few verses, believers are commanded to have a spiritual health-check, to look carefully and diligently and earnestly at how they are walking. But you and I are not only to look carefully at what we are doing 24/7, but also why we are living in such a way — we are to examine the manner and the motives of our life. Here we have two instructions on walking wisely to the glory of God to help us with such an examination.
When life is difficult we can “hope” that things will get better, and we can “imagine” how our circumstances may change and get better. But such hope is transient and uncertain. However, as Jeremiah laments the tragic and total destruction of Jerusalem he “calls to mind” the character of God, and thus he has real hope. His circumstances do not change, but by considering the character of God he has hope. This sermon gives us four reasons for a believer to have a secure and joyful hope in all the storms of life. Lamentations 3:24 — “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
There is much confusion today in the church about the purpose of the Lord’s Supper, as well as how it should be practiced — it is has been forgotten by many that it was given to be a vivid reminder of Christ. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). This portion of Scripture gives us three distinctives of the Lord Jesus which we remember at the Lord’s Supper, distinctives which should make us all the more bemoan our sin and adore our Saviour.