EPHESIANS 5:15-17: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

OBSERVATION: In recent political campaigns a favorite question that has been asked by opposing parties is – “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” Depending on your party affiliation the answer will be different. However, if we step back and look at our world objectively the answer would be a resounding – NO! While there have been advances in medicine and technology we have not been able to turn the tide of the hardening of man’s heart. Wars and rumors or wars only seem to increase. The nightly news is filled with crimes that just a few years ago were not common place. Families are broken, nations are in peril. We are living in “evil days”. So what is the answer?

Paul calls us to wisdom. Not the wisdom of the world, but the wisdom of God. He exhorts us to walk “circumspectly”. This word means to walk with exactness, with careful attention to each step. The picture I get is walking along the thin ledge on a cliff. One misstep and the fall could be deadly. The fool would simply walk without looking. The “circumspect” would carefully watch each step, making sure that their footing was secure before taking the next step.

This is the way we need to live in the world today. We cannot simply plunge ahead. Wisdom is needed. We cannot navigate life simply by what we feel, or by our initial perception. We need to watch each step. We need to seek The Lord, His Word, and godly counsel to – “…understand what the will of The Lord is.” As I look over my life I see the times I plunged ahead and the resulting pain and difficulty that followed. If I would have simply slowed down, taken time to pray, opened my heart to listen, and sought the counsel of godly men and women who were walking with The Lord, I would have avoided a lot of the pain I have experienced.

So today Lord, help me to watch my step. Help me to walk “circumspectly” in every area of my life. Help me take time to pray, to look to Your Word, to open my heart and listen, and to seek godly counsel. May Your Spirit and Your Word guide my steps, one by one, into Your will for my life. In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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