There have been numerous stories lately about stingrays on the California beaches. All records were broken when 156 stingray injuries were reported in just three days! Normally, I think of this problem as only being on the Atlantic side. But apparently, the low tides and warm water have brought these unwanted visitors close enough to be a problem. The prevailing wisdom is to shuffle your feet when entering the water. The sand kicked up when walking this way will alert and scatter them.
Today’s verse tells us to be wise by walking carefully. We walk through life with a purpose. We walk in a manner that is worthy of our calling, pleasing the Lord (Col. 1:10). We do not walk courting disaster as the unwise would do. Rather than wondering just how far one can go in a particular behavior before it becomes sin, we need to walk with a healthy fear of danger. So much heartache can be avoided when we walk through this life the way the Lord has prescribed. Walking carefully is walking within His will, making the most every day (verses 16-17).
Walking my way instead of His does not seem so bad. Mt problem is that I do not see that stingray in my path as it can blend in with the sand. The only way I can be confident of my next step, and the one after that, is to know I am walking to please Him. No decision is too small or unimportant to bring to Him for counsel (Psalm 73:24). He guides me through His Word which touches every area of my life.
Lord, show me how to walk today.