by: FCC Staff
Desire without knowledge is not good,
and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
Today’s proverb harkens back to the very first time humanity chose folly over wisdom when Adam and Eve were tempted in the garden:
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”
The fruit of the tree looked good, and she and Adam desired it for the ‘wisdom’ they thought they would gain from eating it. The sad irony is, it was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God told them not to eat from it. All the other trees in the garden were fine, good for them. But this one was off-limits. To take from it would be wrong. Evil. By its very existence, being something not allowed, and knowing God had told them to leave it be… Adam and Eve HAD knowledge of God and evil.
What they didn’t know was what would happen if they ate it anyway. God told them they would die, and the lying serpent told them no God just wanted to hold them back. So they had a desire, not knowledge. In that ignorance, they ate.
And their eyes were opened.
And here we all are.
Every day we are offered the same choice in many ways. God’s word tells us in vivid detail how we are to live our lives, but in ignorance, we ignore the knowledge we have in favor of something we desire. After our sins are exposed, how often do we lament, “If I had only known how badly this would turn out, I would not have done it!” That’s some willful ignorance on our part.
Perhaps we don’t fully know why God desires us to act in any given way. But we CAN trust that when he tells us to, it is for our own good and the benefit of those around us. But when we let our desires guide us without thinking things through… we are going to trip ourselves up.
And if we desire something, we can always ask God to provide it for us, in His will. Imagine how different things would have turned out had Adam and Eve gone to God with their desire in the garden! “Uh, Lord, there is a talking snake here telling us that eating from the tree you told us not to is actually a good idea. Can you give us a bite so we can see for ourselves?”
I’m sure God would have told them the truth, and hopefully, in the presence of His will, they would have chosen differently. But the ignorance we blind ourselves with so often when we sin is that God somehow isn’t going to notice or take it seriously. God knew exactly what Adam, Eve, and the Serpent were up to. He allowed it to happen because he had given them all a measure of self-determination. And we can all learn from that mistake made in ignorance, if not from the many, many lessons we have all learned from the consequences of our own sins.
So today, let’s choose to be wise and go to God with our desires, not simply think to satisfy them ourselves. We all have godly men and women in our lives, and when we are deciding, we should trust them to help us seek God’s will. Any choice we have to make in isolation is probably a bad choice. The truth sets us free. Our desires, and the lies we tell ourselves pursuing them, will enslave us.
Prayer for Today
Father, I know the desires of my heart are always known to you. Help me to seek your will when I desire something and to trust that if it is to be a blessing in my life, you will provide it for me. Jesus, show me by your wisdom how to avoid ignorant mistakes seeking my own desires. Guide me by your Holy Spirit so my choices can align with your will. Amen.