| Brothers, my heartís desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought out to establish their own, they did not submit to Godís righteousness. ĖRomans 10:1-3
Have you ever just been excited, but had no idea why you felt the way you did? Have you ever liked someone a lot, but you couldnít explain why you felt the way you did? Have you ever craved something, but couldnít figure out what it was that you craved?
The Israelites felt this way about God. They were excited about him and wanted to be righteous for him, but this excitement didnít come from knowing God, it came from the idea of God. Many of us today are just like the Israelites. We go to Church and we try to get involved in everything there is to get involved with, but we do them for the wrong reasons.
Paul says that, ďzeal without knowledge is bad.Ē I say that zeal without knowledge is dangerous. When you allow yourselves to be zealous about something, it becomes almost impossible for your opinion to be changed about that thing. I once met someone that seemed to have all the qualities I wanted in a partner and so I immediately fell head over heels. A few months after we started getting to know each other, many of my friends and family members began to point out negative qualities in him, but I was so blinded that I didnít see them. It wasnít that those qualities werenít there, I just chose to ignore them. It wasnít until something terrible happened that I decided to see what I had blinded myself to for so long.
Before you allow yourself to be zealous about something or someone, get to know them first. You canít love or serve someone appropriately if you donít know them for whom and what they are. With God, get to know him through his word so that you can submit to His righteousness and serve him the way he ought to be served. With relationships, talk to the person and figure out what their likes and dislikes are, look into their history and consider their past relationships; you donít want those to come back and hunt you. See how they are with their family and how they are around their friends; is he/she the same person? Ask questions? Be transparent about your concerns. Donít be blinded by the cover of a book; what you see is not always what you get. Make sure you read the book before you decide for or against it. Zeal without knowledge can be dangerous. Find out now before it is too late.
Stay blessed and spread the word.