Walking Wisely In A Foolish World (Ephesians 5:15)
Ephesians 5:15, See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.
People will either walk foolishly, or wisely. The foolish man loves and lives for the perishable things of this world (Matthew 6:19-20). The wise man lives for the eternal things of God. He sets his affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2). Here Paul calls upon believers to walk circumspectly. How can we live a wise life? A wise walk and lifestyle require discipline. In order to enjoy a wise walk we must see to it that we walk circumspectly. We are to be very careful concerning how we walk and how we live.
Circumspectly means to walk accurately, carefully, diligently, precisely. To look around; to be on the lookout. It has the idea to pick the way, to be careful how we walk; with watchfulness every way; with attention to guard against surprise or danger. Picture a cat walking on the top of a wooden fence with dogs on each side. Rest assured that the cat walks carefully as it places its paws accurately each step. It picks its way circumspectly. The cat is doing what Paul says we are to do as we walk through life's pilgrimage. So then, we must walk carefully and cautiously with watchfulness to guard against any surprise of danger.
I Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” This is a graphic picture that expresses both the danger and the confidence of Satan. Just as a blood thirsty lion stalks its prey, Satan stalks the Christian. Notice that Satan is pictured here as a roaring lion. A lion never roars while it is stalking. No lion stalking its prey announces the fact by roaring. The lion only roars once he has spotted his prey and is ready to pounce. If we wait until we hear the roar, it is too late. It is amazing just how fast we can come upon danger in our Christian life. We must walk circumspectly. That is cautiously, as though we were walking on a ground filled with broken bottles.
Imagine having to walk through a room that is filled with broken glass. You are going to walk very carefully. The devil has scattered plenty of glass in our way. He has thrown varieties of nets, traps and snares in our path in order to destroy our Christian testimony. But we are to walk circumspectly as wise followers of Christ. Temptations abound in our society that can bring us down and ruin our testimonies if we yield to them. Deception is rampant as people lie, cheat, steal and trick others into sin, or out of their possessions, or their identity. If there ever was a time to be on the lookout, to be careful, diligent, and to be accurate in what we believe, it is now.
Prayer, Thank You that You can be counted on to guide me through my day. Today I need to walk in the hope that only You can give. My way is unclear, my path sometimes feels like it twists and turns in confusing and busy ways as I go along in my journey. Show me Your ways, Lord. Show me how You would walk in these places. Remind me by Your Holy Spirit to look to You to guide me. In Jesus name, Amen.
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