Soup with Cyanide
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Desire without knowledge is not good,
and whoever makes haste with his feet
misses his way.
We’ve all heard the one about a pilot who announces some “bad news and some good news.” The bad news, he says, is that our instruments have malfunctioned and we don’t know where we’re going. The good news is that we have a strong tail wind and we’re making excellent time! That’s today’s proverb in a picture.
Pay close attention to each half of the proverb. The first half pictures a man who wants something, but without knowledge. Not that he himself doesn’t know what he wants. He may know perfectly well, but he doesn’t examine his wants. He never asks why I want this, should I want this, or where will it end? Desire without that kind of knowledge is not good.
The second half of the proverb takes us from desiring to doing. Remember, we act on desire; and the stronger the desire, the more urgently we act. A starving man doesn’t report a hair in his soup! But what if the soup is laced with cyanide? Then desire without knowledge would turn deadly, and the one who makes haste with his feet tragically misses his way.
This proverb calls for self-examination. What drives me? What do I want? What do I think will make me happy? What am I doing about it? And above all—what does God think about it?
A Prayer: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalm 84:1-2
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