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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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