How to Act

Proverbs 19:2

“Desire without knowledge is not good. and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.”

Have you ever had a thought or idea (in life or ministry), which you were very excited about, and moved to act on it quickly without giving it careful considerations and planning, and ended up failing miserably?

I have done that many times. I used to be very proud of myself, believing that it’s a virtue called “quick to act”, the “opposite” of indecisiveness. The Lord is gracious to use circumstances to humble me, and now I call it my foolishness to act impulsively, without carefully considering all aspects and all people involved, the motive, and the potential short-term and long-term development and impact, etc.

As the Lord teaches us here: having the desire to do something, but without sufficient knowledge of what it is and how to do it is not good. A fool acts unwisely before thinking or planning the right course and misses the way and goal.

Even more importantly, we are to place our ideas and plans before the Lord, examining our hearts to see the motive of our desire – “is it aiming to glorify the Lord, or glorify me? What/Who am I worshiping in wanting to do this?” And we are to pray for God’s wisdom to help us move forward with His guidance in His timing if it pleases Him, instead of relying on our own strength and resources. Proverbs 16: 9 says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Nothing in our hearts and lives misses the eyes of the sovereign Lord, may Him keep our hearts pure, and our steps firmly established in Him!

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