An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Haste Makes Waste

(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.


Covnitkepr1 said...

Good spiritual blog.

I’ve enjoyed looking over your blog. I came across it through another blog I follow. I am now a follower of yours as well. Feel free to look over my blog and perhaps become a follower of it also.

scott phillips said...

You left a comment on my blog.

There was a reference to not much on the blog, I encourage you to look again. I have about 400 entrees, and as blogs go, that is not bad.

Thanks for the kind remarks

scott phillips said...

Pumice said...


I have only been doing this since June and I am feeling my way. I am still using bookmarks to follow blogs I like. I like your emphasis on the word, so I will keep checking in. I don't understand the "follower" technology yet. I tried to use a reader once, had some problems with my e-mail and found I could not delete the reader from my account. My son, the geek, said that the reader should not have caused the problems but he used to say that every time he messed up my computer when he was a kid.

I will probably get into the official "follower" thing in time.

Thanks for the response

Pumice said...


I had this happen once before on another blog. I could not find an archive. Later I went back and there it was. Sorry for the mistake, it wasn't a criticism, just a desire to find more. Now I can see you go back a way.

Thanks for keeping me on track.