Ephesians 5:15. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”
Having just warned us of the dangers of trying to have “fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (v. 11) Paul now tells us to be careful of how we walk. We are not to live foolishly, wasting our lives, but we are to live in wisdom. We are to walk circumspectly.
My dad used an illustration I’ve never forgotten when he taught this verse. He said that to walk circumspectly is similar to walking the way a cat would walk along the top of a picket fence. The cat watches carefully where he puts each paw. He takes his time, measuring each step and checking to see that he isn’t in danger of a misstep that would cause him to fall.
In my mind’s eye, I can still see that cat moving carefully along the fence, tail twitching and body carefully balanced. He’s careful, and he takes no unnecessary chances. Each step is carefully measured, carefully placed, until he makes it safely to a place where he can safely jump down.
How often do we just rush into something, even into something we believe is biblically sound and good, only to find that we have fallen off the picket fence because there was nothing to support our steps. We need to be careful of anything that does not measure up in the light of scripture.