As you may have read in a previous devotional, I love being in the outdoors. Fishing, hunting, hiking- I enjoy it all. If I find myself inside for too long, Amy will tell you that I go stir-crazy! And while I love just about everything about the outdoors, there is one hazard of being outdoors in the summertime and in a more remote, mountainous region that has me on guard. Snakes. And not just any snake- rattlesnakes! For that reason, if I find myself hiking or trout fishing from around May through October I will be keenly aware of where I put my foot down. Not that there are rattlesnakes under every bush, albeit I believe I have only ever seen 3 in my life, but the fear of them has me constantly on edge if I am in snake country.
Our passage today has a verse that has with it the principle of how my attitude is this time of the year in the woods. Eph. 5:15 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” The previous verses in this chapter talk about the wickedness of an unbelieving society, as well as the attachment that our flesh has that lifestyle as well. Verse 12 says that it is even “a shame to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”
Because our sinful nature is working in contrast to what God wants to do in our lives, and because of the sin all around us, Paul tells us to walk “circumspectly”. This word means, “to look around”. It means to be prudent or cautious. In contrast, the fool mentioned in the second half of the verse just bumbles through life with no care or concern for his surroundings or environment.
What is Paul teaching here? I don’t believe he means for us to isolate ourselves and live in a bubble. But I do believe the Lord wants us to be very aware of what types of things we are allowing ourselves to be exposed to as well as areas we might have a propensity to struggle. Satan is always looking to set traps for Christians and the foolish Christian will make himself an easy prey and suffer the consequences. May we be careful and prudent in our daily walk so as to not let Satan get an advantage of us.