Daily Devotions From Maranatha

June 19, 2018


Good Common Sense

Proverbs 3: 5

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding,

Mankind has been blessed with a wonderful reasoning ability. We have the ability to weigh out facts and to come to a conclusion or course of action. This ability is known as “common sense.”

There are many times when that good old common sense is certainly valuable. When you combine common sense with experiences of the past, you get a double check on a given situation. I believe that God gave us these two things for a reason, and He expects us to put them to good use.

Let me give you a simple example of how this works in everyday life. Suppose you were out for a walk on a beautiful Spring day. As you walked along a wooded trail, you saw something long and slithery just ahead of you. As you approached, you heard this funny rattling sound. Well, common sense and experience would tell most of us to stop immediately. A bulletin would go off in our mind that said, “BEWARE, DANGER AHEAD, ALTERNATE ROUTE ADVISED.”

This may be a little oversimplified, but it illustrates the point that I am making. Good old common sense and experience are very valuable and are a part of everyone's life to some extent or another.

Christians have sometimes acted as if these were part of the old life and are not to be used in the Christian life. For this reason, Christians have sometimes been bad testimonies and have given Christianity in general a bad rap. When we are born again, God does not bypass common sense, He sanctifies it, elevates it and gives us the ability to see His ability in life’s circumstances and to act accordingly. For one to put their faith in God and trust Him for all of their guidance and needs makes the most sense of anything that I have ever heard of.

MY WORD CONFESSION: I will not trust my own natural common sense, but will trust God’s guidance and direction in this life.