Every October for the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in baseball alumni activities for my college alma mater. It’s the one time each year I try to swing a bat hard (result: major soreness afterward).
One of the things that is amazing to see is guys of all ages do what comes naturally to them…throw, hit, and catch. Years and mileage slow down these processes, but the skills are still noticeable. No clinics are needed before batting practice begins, no reminders of how do swing or throw. It just happens, like second nature. Because it is.
Proverbs 2:10-11–“For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you…” (NASB).
Just like baseball, the longer and harder you practice gaining wisdom, knowledge, discretion, and understanding, the more they become simply part of who you are. Second nature. Routine. Default.
These things are all very difficult at first. Each takes time to make part of your life. Then, one day you make wise decisions without thinking twice. You draw on knowledge that has taken over your way of thinking. You are able to discern between right and wrong without much deliberation. Your understanding of life keeps you from going astray. It’s now second nature.
That’s God’s plan for you, just like your old coaches’ plans were to make baseball second nature to you.
God wants you to default to godly thinking and decision-making. It only happens as you give yourself daily to His wisdom and insight, found in the Scripture.
When you begin to think like your Creator, it is a “pleasant…guard…(to) watch over you.” I think that sounds pretty good.