My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them,
for they will refresh your soul.
They are like jewels on a necklace.
They keep you safe on your way,
and your feet will not stumble.
Proverbs 3: 21-23 (NLT)
The joke for some time, has been that “common sense” is anything but common. There have even been images circulating the internet that equate common sense to a super power. How could it be that something that seems so obvious to some, be completely lost on others?
To me, at least at this point in time, it seems to be as obvious as breathing. I know though, that it was not always so for me. I can look back and see times where I made some very bad calls that, had I just had a modicum of common sense at the time, would have turned out very differently.
Those were also times where I was not walking with God as I should have been.
To me, the apparent lack of “common” sense in today’s world doesn’t just speak to the fact that we’ve become so coddled, (political correctness, over the top regulations and warnings, etc) but that it primarily speaks to the fact that we are losing our religion. Specifically, we’re not working on our relationship with God.
In the verses above, David notes that common sense refreshes your soul. Not just your outlook, or your overall sense of well-being, but your SOUL. Last I checked, the soul was not something that could be helped by the physical or material world, (but could most certainly be harmed by it.) Rather, the soul is tended to and nourished by God.
When you’re in closer communion with Him, your soul flourishes. When you walk away and become a slave to sin, your soul begins to die.
Believe me though, when I say that the seeming irony is not lost on me.
Today’s world cherishes science. It focuses on the seeming in-congruence between science “fact” and religion and uses that as justification to trust what you can see and leave behind the matters of faith. And yet, the seemingly simplest way to make sense of the world and how to cope and deal with it comes from those that do their best to Walk by Faith.
But then again, I guess that seems pretty obvious, common sense if you will, to those that believe.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NLT)