16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
First, remember every age is a time of evil days. Evil simply means working against God, and there is never a time in human history we humans haven’t been working against God’s ways. Bringing pain and trouble is another way the Bible describes this evil.
As a Christian who is a light in the world, I have the opportunity to be a light and do something about the pain and trouble, rather than be a judge who simply sits back and tells you what is wrong.
So, to act thoughtlessly is to act according to my human nature, which is corrupt and self-centered. The only way I can stop acting this way is to invite God into my life, live and learn everything I can from God through the teachings and model of Jesus, and also model my life after the Christians around me I want to be like. In this way, I am able to cooperate with God and develop habits that overcome my automatic behavior, which will not be a blessing.
When we try to get people to be fearful, we gain more influence over them if they think we can help. Be discerning of the rhetoric of someone who wants you to question your security.