Read 1 Kings 4:29-34; 11:1-6.
“[Solomon] was wiser than any other man. . . . As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God” (vv. 4:31, 11:4).
We need you down here.” With that simple statement, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio made a move that salvaged the Spartans’ fading championship hopes.
The first twenty minutes of the 2013 Big Ten championship game belonged to the Spartans as they rolled to a 17-0 lead over second-ranked and undefeated Ohio State. Then the script flipped. The Buckeye offense suddenly became unstoppable.
When OSU scored for the fourth time in six possessions to lead 24-17, Dantonio had seen enough carnage for one night. With about four minutes left in the third quarter, he put out a call to the press box for defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who typically stays up top until the last few minutes of a game. Dantonio told his top assistant he needed him “with the [defensive] unit, pronto.”
With Narduzzi on hand to look his guys in the eyes and talk to them, the defense regained its footing. The offense managed a field goal, and then the defense stuffed Ohio State on third-and-4. When Connor Cook hit tight end Josiah Price with a 9-yard touchdown pass, State had regained the lead at 27-24.
The defense later found itself under pressure after OSU partially blocked a punt. On fourth-and-2 at the MSU 39, linebacker Denicos Allen made the stop short of the marker. Six plays later, Jeremy Langford ripped off a game-clinching touchdown run.
The proof of just how smart Dantonio’s move was? OSU didn’t score a point after Narducci came down; the Buckeyes managed only 25 rushing yards in the fourth quarter.
The Spartans won 34-24 and were Big Ten champions.
Our moves often aren’t as smart as was Mark Dantonio’s summons of Pat Narduzzi. You ever wrecked the car when you spilled hot coffee on your lap? Fallen out of a boat on a cold morning? Locked yourself out of the house?
Formal education notwithstanding, we all make some dumb moves sometimes because time spent in a classroom is not an accurate gauge of common sense. Folks impressed with their own smarts often grace us with erudite pronouncements that we intuitively recognize as flawed, unworkable, or simply wrong.
A good example is the observation that great intelligence and scholarship are inherently incompatible with a deep and abiding faith in God. That is, the more we know, the less we believe. Any incompatibility occurs, however, only because we begin to trust in our own wisdom rather than the wisdom of God. We forget, as Solomon did, that God is the ultimate source of all our knowledge and wisdom and that even our ability to learn is a gift from God.
Not smart at all.
I’m like ‘Oh, man, it’s getting real. We’ve gotta step up.’ — Linebacker Denicos Allen on seeing Pat Narduzzi on the sideline
Being truly smart means trusting in God’s wisdom rather than only in our own knowledge.