Anthony and I were scouting for deer one fall day, looking for an area to place a deer stand, when I took one of the hardest falls I can remember. Many old fence lines in the area have fallen and now lay flat on the ground, under the cover of leaves. Just as I started down a steep bank I caught my toe under one of those sneaky fence lines. What a fall! I should have been more careful, but in our thought for today, Proverbs and Ephesians are talking of a different caution.
"Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established" Proverbs 4:26
If you are a Christian today, I'm sure you are concerned about making the right impression on the unbelievers around you. However, if we are a Christian parents, we must be asking the Lord to help us live very cautiously before our kids.
Because of the subtle works of darkness and the importance of being a witness for the Lord in this world, and especially to our kids, Paul said, "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise" Ephesians 5:15. The word translated "see" means "to look, to consider, to take heed." It was as if Paul were waving a sign before them that said, "Stop, look and listen." Paul wanted believers to make a thorough check of the way they were living to be sure they were walking as they should be.
Paul wanted them to make sure they were walking "circumspectly," which means "looking around" or "being cautious." The Greek word Paul used means "accurately" or "exactly."
This way of life should never bring us stress or frustration, if we are abiding in Christ. It can be very natural for us, when He is leading our ways.