One of the things that makes baseball great is that it is historically known as America’s national pastime. It is a generational game, handed down from father to son. I love that about the game. Interestingly, though, this has a flip side. Because it is a national pastime, handed down from one generation to the next, everyone thinks they understand it. Honestly, I have rarely heard a discussion between parents about the Cover-2 defense in football. But, most of us talk baseball as if we have played in the Big Leagues.
It is often humorous to listen to those who think they know about the game–but really don’t–discuss it with such confidence. “Swing level!” “Throw your hands at the ball!” “Get your hands on your knees and get ready!” “Stay inside the ball!” Some of what is said and repeated is crazy, like the instruction to swing level (can’t and shouldn’t be done, but that’s another story). Some of what is said sounds good, but the person saying it has no idea what it means…such as “Stay inside the ball!”
Don’t you get tired of hearing things that people don’t really understand, haven’t experienced, and can’t explain? As you know, this isn’t just about baseball.
Too often, we give our ear to people who lack understanding, experience, and explanation about the life issues we face. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who really gets it pour wisdom into our lives?
Enter Proverbs 2:6–“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding” (HCSB).
God’s spoken Word, recorded for us in Scripture, gives us the knowledge and understanding we so desperately need. His words aren’t something He heard at a conference or read in a magazine. He’s not repeating the latest buzz words or saying things He doesn’t really understand. He’s God. He’s different. Way different.
He tells us not only what we are to do, but why and how. If you’re tired of dealing with people who don’t really know what they’re talking about, good! God offers wisdom that is perfect and inexhaustible. What are you waiting for? Start talking to Him about it.
Here’s a prayer:
Heavenly Father, I want your knowledge and understanding for all the things I face. I realize I won’t always have all the answers, but I don’t want to waste my time hearing from sources that aren’t in tune with you. Remind me each day to come to you for wisdom. Amen.