A Proverb a Day… Day 03

Read Proverbs 3

Have you ever met someone who was so smart that they lacked common sense? I have a friend like this. He is absolutely brilliant, but sometimes he gets so wrapped up in complex thought that he forgets things that are simple and common to the rest of us. I suppose the Christian equivalent to this is “they’re so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good”. Have you ever heard that phrase before?

One of the things I love most about the Bible is how practical it is. It’s easy to think that the Word of God is all about spiritual matters, but that’s simply not the case. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought that my normal or mundane feeling or problem wasn’t worth coming to God with. I had, in my mind, separated the spiritual from the physical, sure that God couldn’t be bothered with something trivial. But I’m beginning to understand just how wrong that perspective is. I think God cares about the mundane, the details, and the common things that we deal with. If God didn’t care, why would using common sense be stressed so heavily?

Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life;
    don’t for a minute lose sight of them.
They’ll keep your soul alive and well,
    they’ll keep you fit and attractive.
You’ll travel safely,
    you’ll neither tire nor trip.
You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry,
    you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep.
No need to panic over alarms or surprises,
    or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner,
Because God will be right there with you;
    he’ll keep you safe and sound.

Common sense is something that is so often and easily overlooked, but it’s not there by accident. For the longest time I thought that “common sense” was merely a set of cultural norms that varied for each society. While I don’t think this is incorrect, I’ve come to realize that particular definition is incomplete. Common sense is something that God has given us. He’s placed in each of us a little voice that’s helping to guide us through life, known more commonly as a conscience. But how often do we listen to this voice? It’s so easy to silence it or dismiss it or discount it, making that voice grow quieter each time.

Common sense is a gift from our creator, an entrustment to be used wisely. 

As you go about your day, I encourage you to invite God into those little moments, even the mundane or trivial things that you experience. When you make a decision that’s “common sense” or a “no brainer” take a moment to thank God for the gift of wise decision-making. Praise him for giving you access to wisdom and the ability to use it well. Let’s be people who stand out from the crowd by using common sense well and walking in the wisdom that he’s given us.


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