Proverb for the Day 19:2 — All Thrust and No Vector!

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

Zeal without knowledge…in a hurry and miss the way. I know about this verse!

A pilot friend has often said to me, “you’re all thrust and no vector.” In his world, that meant a plane had power to take off, but there was no sense of where it was going.

As I was growing up, my parents would say, “slow down, son – you’re like the man who jumped on his horse and rode off in all directions.” I watched cowboy shows and could see a guy jump on a horse to chase after a bad guy. The horse would rear up and sort of turn in a circle before finally heading off in the right direction. They were wasting precious time – but eventually did get it right.

As a young pastor, one of my seminary professors once said to me, “You’ve done lots of hard work, now start doing some smart work!” Can you sense a pattern here?

This verse is like all these modern-day wise sayings, Lots of energy and activity without direction and purpose is wasted and not helpful. God can help us do better!