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See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 5:15-17 (KJB)
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How do we live in uncertain times?

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Today we are breaking new ground in America and around the world. The virus COVID 19 is changing how we live. There are hundreds if not thousands of conspiracy theories and social media experts espousing their advice for all to listen. Everyone has advice but there is a source that we can always have faith in. But before we get to that let’s take a couple of steps back and take a breath.

Proverbs 14:16 (KJB) A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

The Bible is very clear and explains like this verse in Proverbs that wise men that perceive trouble will avoid it if possible. Fools, on the other hand, will charge ahead or rageth ahead in a careless way. I admit when this pandemic was first starting I was very skeptical about the origins of this virus and the intent of our government. Does that mean that I have changed my mind about this pandemic? Well, yes and no…. The pandemic is real. How serious is it that remains to be seen but at the same time does that mean we should chage ahead in a foolish manner?

Proverbs 22:3 (KJB) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

To be prudent means to be cautious, or circumspect, to be wise. It means to be careful of the consequences. To be prudent in our COVID pandemic I certainly believe to be cautious, not to be foolish, to take necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Not to be like fools who simply go on as normal and be punished. So taking a step back the Bible instructs us to walk circumspectly.

Ephesians 5:15 (KJB) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

What exactly does waking circumspectly mean? Here is the definition from Websters 1828 Dictionary:

CIRCUMSPECTLY, adv. Cautiously; with watchfulness every way; with attention to guard against surprise or danger.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

According to my Oxford English Dictionary, it also means perfectly or diligently. It means to look around and consider what is occurring. I think I like what Paul said the best. See that you walk circumspectly… Keep an eye on things don’t walk like a fool and ignore what is around us. If we stopped there that could allow for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt to creep in and allow us to be afraid. If you’re not aware that’s the FUD factor friends. We are fortunate because Paul continues.

Ephesians 5:16 (KJB) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Paul says that we should pay attention to what’s happening around us as we are redeeming the time. This literally means that we should be buying the time. We should not be wasting the days that Jesus Christ has given. So our efficient us of the time, if we are walking circumspectly is to not waste the days that God has given us. To make sure there was no confusion Paul gives us one more piece of instruction.

Ephesians 5:17 (KJB) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Paul continues to the logical conclusion that in order to walk circumspectly, to redeem the time we should live our lives according to the following.

We should know the will of God for our life

Understand what the will of God for our life is!

Submit to the will of God for our life.

If we are being circumspect, looking around, being cautious and redeeming the time that God has given us by doing the will of God for our lives it defeats the FUD factor friends. There is no room for FUD when our life is full of the Holy Spirit and His will.

Don’t let COVID 19 get you down. Walk circumspectly, redeeming the time, don’t be foolish. Understand the will of God. We’re all going to be OK.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJB) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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