Zeal vs. Knowledge

It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. Proverbs 19:2

How many times have you forwarded an email only to find out later that it was what society calls an “urban legend?” I see that happen so often and 90% of the time it was all a hoax. This is the idea of the the first half of this verse. Having all the facts when it is in our power to have them maintains our credibility in the eyes of those who are watching. In our effort to get what we think is the truth out, we err and stumble.

The flip side to this part of the verse is even more tragic: having knowledge without zeal. When your head is full of information but you do nothing with it, it’s not good at all. Often this happens when you overemphasize “theory” over “practice.”

We need the wisdom of God to have both zeal and knowledge in all situations. Is it easy to find that balance? Of course not. But it is doable.

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