(Proverbs 19:2 KJV) Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
“Haste” (213) in a man, especially based on ignorance, means he “sinneth" (errs NASB) (2398). The popular proverb would be “Haste makes waste.” This is even more important in the digital age. Information is so readily available that we don’t always take the time to verify. Is it information or propaganda? Is it fact or theory? Is it accurate or twisted? If we read without discernment we often pass on deception. Discernment is sometimes quick; we just sense that something is wrong. Other times it takes research and, even more important, thinking. The context here is with our “feet” (7272) but I don’t think it is beyond the meaning to include our intellectual journeys.
So? Slow down and take the time to think and pray. Listen to the inner voice that sometimes is overwhelmed by the world of crisis and advertising. The first time I was seriously considering the decision to place my faith in Christ was at a campfire service at summer camp. The setting was designed to encourage decisions. My friends were around me ramping up the pressure. I refused to go forward and humble myself, not because it wasn’t a good idea but because I refused to be pressured into such an important decision. After honest, unpressured consideration I made a public profession in a few weeks. I think it has been more solid because of that pause. To wait does not mean to refuse. It can mean to be more serious.
The important decisions won’t go away. I have a policy when approached by sales people. If they have a offer that will go away if I don’t decide right now, then I decide right now. I decide “No.” It is amazing how often I get a second chance.