Ephesians 5:15 KJV
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,”
2 Chronicles 2:12 KJV
“Huram said moreover, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the Lord, and an house for his kingdom.”
Proverbs 12:27 KJV
“The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.”
According to Merriam-Webster, circumspectly means “careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences – PRUDENT.” The word “prudent” is defined as “..showing prudence: such as – marked by wisdom or judiciousness.” Finally, the definition of “diligence” is “steady, earnest, and energetic effort: devoted and painstaking work and application to accomplish an undertaking.”
I give these definitions to show the biblical importance of walking in wisdom and diligence. Notice that the first scripture says to “walk” which implies a steady, constant, continued, pace. Walking allows you to slow down and take stock of your surroundings. It enables you to carefully consider your next move and which path you will take.
We are urged by the writer of Ephesians, Paul, to walk carefully, consider all consequences, and show wisdom while walking through life. King David, who we know as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) was referred to as having prudence and understanding. And we read in Proverbs that the very substance of a diligent man is precious.
I’ve learned through the years that faithfulness, a willingness to serve, and the ability to remain humble are necessary qualities to possess if you desire to grow in the kingdom of God. We often overlook what can be seen as the “small things” such as consistency and showing up, but God values faithfulness.
1 Corinthians 4:2 in the AMPC translation states “Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].”
Faithfulness requires diligence. Diligence requires prudence. Prudence requires that we assess every situation and weigh all possible outcomes/circumstances. Do not forget that showing up, serving with a sincere heart, and day to day consistency and diligence are the very traits that will help you to move forward.