The word “circumspectly” means “exactly“. That is to say, to diligently seek out and follow God’s instructions exactly as He gives them that you walk in His wisdom and not as a fool, assuming your own understanding will be anything but foolishness.
A child pretending to cook food in a toy kitchen can go through the motions they’ve seen others preform and use props that seem like the tools of real cooks, but they will never actually be able to feed anyone from that. Yet even that child, if it will ask it’s parents for help and learn to follow instructions, can be shown exactly how to make a meal. Any child that will focus, listen, and spend the time with its parents getting and following instructions, taking the ingredients and real tools they are given (as opposed to the functionless toys in their pretend kitchen), and follow the recipe exactly as they are told it (rather they understand why or how these ingredients will work together or not, most likely not), will be able to produce real food. The question is, does the child really have a heart to serve it’s family that will drive it to seek instructions and follow them exactly (as some children do), or does it just want to play. The child that is learning to follow it’s parents instructions is learning how to function in it’s parents world while the child that is pretending wants everyone else (including their parents) to fit into theirs.
As spiritual children our relationship with God and the Holy Spirit is the same as that of those children to their parents. We look at patriarchs of Scripture like Moses who was given exact instructions of how to build the tabernacle. He had to follow those instructions exactly in order to build something that God would inhabit. Just like the child in his parents kitchen, Moses’s willingness to focus, seek God, and obey His instructions exactly as given allowed him to be able to spend quality time with God and participate in his father’s world. While the Israelite’s built golden calves (toy props) and called services (pretend cooking in toy kitchens) and expected everyone (including God) to participate in their powerless, pointless, pretend world of vain imaginations.
“And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the Lord. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.” – Exodus 32:4-6
The church in many aspects still does this today and it’s a huge waste of time. If the children of God would only grow up, stop playing foolish games and expecting God to participate in their vain imaginations and start seeking God for His instructions, follow them exactly, and finally produce something real. Many church services today are nothing more then children playing house, while God is looking for one child who will come be part of His world, spend time with Him, be taught by Him, follow His instructions, and be the next Moses.
“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
“A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.” – Proverbs 15:5-8
“And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles 12:14
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” – Ephesians 4:14-15
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13