Proverbs 19:2 (ESV) “Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.”
More than once in my life my feet have gotten me into trouble. They have taken me places I should not have gone. They have caused head injuries and even leg injuries when walking backwards. To be fair, my feet really were just following orders from my brain. I was hasty and careless. Far too often I have wanted a quick fix and ran to where I thought I would get relief, or a solution or satisfaction. This is true in raising children, marriage, work, friendships, investing and in all other areas of life.
Pause for a minute and consider two examples that illustrate the risk of desire without knowledge and making haste causing you to miss your way.
- Investing is not a discipline with quick fixes. It requires education and understanding. Investing in the Bitcoin or medical marijuana or gold markets might produce quick and amazing gains, but it can also bring ruin. Playing the lottery might win you $300 million dollars, if you just happen to be prone to being struck by lightening when there is no thunderstorm. So if your desire is to be rich, and do it quickly, be ready for failure. You are “missing your way.”
- Parenting is not for those who want perfect children today. Parenting is not a quick reprimand, a bribe for good behavior or some other type of punishment to “solve the problem.” Good parenting requires a knowledge of God’s everlasting truths about sin and the fruit of the Spirit in your own life (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – Galatians 5:22-23). Please note that parenting requires faithful patience. This is not a sprint, it is a marathon.
Dan Phillips has this to say: “Bruce K. Walke, in his magisterial commentary on Proverbs, ,well observed that ‘the book of Proverbs remains the model of curriculum for humanity to learn how to live under God and before humankind.’ How broad is that curriculum? Since ‘The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein’ (Psalm 24:1), all of life is God’s concern. God does not honor secularism’s upward-slanted ‘No Trespassing’ signs.” – Dan Phillips, God’s Wisdom in Proverbs, Preface, page xv.