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Verses 15-16: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

“Why don’t you watch where you’re going?” is often an angry retort we hear when we are not paying attention to where we are moving (or when the other person isn’t watching where they are going, and tries to shift blame for the collision. :-)) Today’s verses have to do with walking circumspectly. The word “circumspectly” only occurs in the Bible once, according to my copy of the Strongest Strong’s Concordance. (Circumspect does occur in Exodus, but not circumspectly). In my old copy of the World Book Dictionary, “circumspect” is the root of “circumspectly” and means “watchful on all sides; careful; cautious; prudent.”

We are to spend our time living as Jesus would have us live, according to the instructions He left us in His Holy Word. To be watchful on all sides reminds me of the time I had to fly to Los Angeles for my company to visit a customer. This small-town country boy had been to New York only once, but LA was something else! As I merged my rental car onto the freeway (at 5pm, of course!), I was constantly looking ahead, to my left, to my right, and behind me…over and over, because cars were literally zooming every which way on that freeway! Made me wish I could invent 360-degree automotive radar and sell it! But when you think about it, the devil loves to hit us from all sides…remember, he doesn’t play fair. That’s why Paul encouraged the Ephesians to walk in a careful and cautious manner, because they, as Christians, were walking role models for the lost and targets for the devil. Sometimes we may feel like that moving target in the shooting gallery at the carnival, like there is no escape. But, remember, there’s a reason among other titles, that God is called our Shield and Defender.

Remember to walk circumspectly today, and redeem the time for God!

Something to think about.

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Ephesians 6:16 “in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.”

I have read a good many superhero comic books over the years. I always enjoyed a good story of escapism and mythic proportions, of heroes with powers “far beyond those of mortal men” battling diabolical villains (some who had powers as well). Or they might be ordinary heroes, not with super powers but just as determined to fight for the cause of justice.

Some of these heroes had amazing weapons that they used: Batman, with his never-ending gadgets on his utility belt, Spider-Man with his amazing web-shooters, Green Arrow or Hawkeye, with their quivers of trick arrows, Thor with his powerful hammer, Wonder Woman with her golden lasso of truth and her bulletproof bracelets, Iron Man with his weapon-laden armor, the Black Knight and his ebony blade, and even Green Lantern and his power ring. Even pulp-fiction heroes such as the Phantom, the Shadow, and the Lone Ranger seemed to have some weapons they used in their never-ending battle for truth and justice.

Yet one of these heroes always intrigued me with the singular weapon that he used. I’m talking about Captain America, the star-spangled avenger, and his indestructible shield. Not only was Cap’s weapon a primarily defensive one as opposed to most of the other heroes’ offensive-minded weapons, he also found ways to use it as an offensive weapon as well. Nothing ever got past Cap when he had his shield up; there were many stories of him using it to protect not only himself but others as well. Anyone behind the shield knew it was about the best protection they could have, whether it was against bullets or laser beams.

That’s how it is for the Christian warrior today; our faith in God is our shield in the daily war we’re involved in with the devil. How many times have you seen a fellow Christian go through extremely trying times? Almost without fail, they always seem to answer “my faith in God got me through”. I honestly cannot fathom how non-Christians make it through all the battles we as human beings go through…without God on their side! For those who actually are on the physical battlefields today (our soldiers in our armed forces)…how many times have I heard of those who have accepted Christ as their Savior during those conflicts, knowing that they really needed a shield to get them through such life-and-death situations?

Don’t let your guard down; keep your shield of faith up in the battle today. God still reigns, our Shield and Defender, and He’ll never leave us.

Have a blessed day!

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