Before every game I played in college, our coaches went over the scouting report on the other team. We discussed their tendencies on the mound, at the plate, in the field, and on the bases.

So, when the pitcher who always goes to the off-speed pitch with two strikes threw a curveball with two strikes, we had no reason to be surprised. We had been told, warned, and given the chance to listen to the wisdom and information that would help us succeed. All we needed to do was trust it and act on it.

Our coaches wanted us to succeed. That’s why they gave us everything we needed to know.

Proverbs 1:23b–“Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.”

Wisdom is talking here. Wisdom has the scouting report on all that we will face in life. Wisdom has been at God’s side since the world was created. Wisdom knows your opponent. Wisdom is on your side, if you will listen. Wisdom wants to help you, to pour itself out on you, to make itself known to you.

Wisdom knows that you reap what you sow, that who you surround yourself with determines who you are, that submission and delayed gratification are signs of maturity. Wisdom knows that life won’t be easy, and that it’s harder and more painful for those who are foolish.

Wisdom–God’s wisdom–has the scouting report. And God’s wisdom isn’t hiding. Are you listening? Or, would you rather look silly on an 0-2 curveball that God knew was coming? Your choice.

Lord Jesus, prepare me for what I will face in life. I trust you and your words. Fill me with your wisdom. Show me how to live. Amen.