Years ago, a team was really good. Really good. Better than everyone good. Entering the most important game of the year, they were the heavy favorites to win it all. Talented, athletic, confident. No one saw any major weaknesses. Except the coaches who were with them every day. They knew the flaws. They knew the things the team was unwilling to work on and commit to. They feared it would come back to haunt them. In fact, they knew it would.

Proverbs 1:28-29, spoken from the perspective of God’s wisdom, put it this way: “They will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me, because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord.”

One day, it will indeed come back to haunt you. One day, you’ll be desperate for the wisdom you rejected so often. God’s grace will still be there, but the consequences will be unavoidable. Living in foolishness and self-reliance has its price. Those who reject the rule and wisdom of God in their lives will regret it, either in this life or the next. It’s a sure thing.

That team sure regretted it. They had no answer for the team that exploited their weaknesses. What they hadn’t been willing to work on all year? You guessed it. That’s exactly what they needed in that crucial game. In the end, after the defeat, everyone searched for answers. “They hated knowledge.”

In reality, all that was lost for that great team was a game. In life, rejecting God’s wisdom puts us at risk of losing so much more.

Lord Jesus, today, right now, I’m seeking your wisdom. I’m not waiting to do it, I’m not ignoring it, I’m not dismissing it. Show me how you can live your life through me. Fill me with your wisdom. Amen.