5 And I would that ye should behold that the more part of them are in the path of their duty, and they do walk circumspectly before God, and they do observe to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments according to the law of Moses.
As the Lamanite prophet Samuel called the Nephites to repentance, he asked them to consider the impact of the gospel on his people. The Lamanites, who for much of their history had lived wickedly, were now “[walking] circumspectly before God,” and keeping His commandments.Through Moses, the Lord had counseled the children of Israel: “In all things that I have said unto you be circumspect” (Exodus 23:13).
The word circumspect comes from two Latin roots: “circum” meaning “around” and “specere” which means “to look” (Online Etymology Dictionary). So the literal meaning is “to look around.” The implication is that you are paying attention to what is going on around you and taking time to incorporate what you see into the decisions you make.
Spiritually mature people are circumspect. They are observant. They are aware of their circumstances, including their own feelings. They are capable of overriding their emotions and taking sufficient time to make the right decision. Therefore, they make decisions wisely and intentionally, not impetuously and impulsively.
Today, I will strive to “walk circumspectly before God.” When faced with a decision, I will take time to evaluate it appropriately. I will pay attention to what is going on around me, so that my decision will be well-informed. I will resist the temptation to rush to judgment. I will make the effort to make informed and objective decisions throughout the day.