The Bible counsels, consider the paths you walk and only take wise routes through life (Prov 4:26). We are not to be motivated by excitement or passion but walk in humility and obedience, not fearfully yet carefully in dependence on the Lord's leading and with wisdom. He gave us common sense and brains to use, and this includes taking reasonable precautions. Rather than rushing into something new, then doing a U-turn after reconsidering the situation, a wiser approach is to observe and "Test everything. Hold on to the good" (1 Thes 5:21). "A wise man is cautious and avoids danger; a fool plunges ahead with great confidence" (Prov 14:16).

Although we can’t plan for every possibility we should think through the possible scenarios in a logical manner (Lk 14:28-30). Prudence does not rush into situations or take unnecessary risks (Eccl 5:1,2). Don’t do what would put you outside the protective

Don't play in the devil's garden

covering of God, be aware of the snare of sin to entrap and lead you away from God. Satan is always on the lookout to take advantage of unsuspecting victims (Eph 4:27; 1 Pet 5:8). We all have areas that are more vulnerable and susceptible to his attacks. “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Cor 15:33). Live by God’s principles, not the worldly methods that end in hurt and destruction.

Do not hastily speak your mind as our tongues are filled with deadly poison and can cause irretrievable damage (Prov 18:21; Jas 3:6). Reinforce the safeguards by repetition (Phil 3:1).

We are entrusted to be guardians of the physical and spiritual life God has given us. Do not treat it with contempt (Mt 7:6).

See also: awareness, care, discernment, guard, precautions, risk, warning, words.