Exclusion

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: she crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” – Proverbs 1:20-22
 
 

Common sense is the ability to see, to listen to, and to understand truth, and then make decisions that are common to most people without the need for instruction or debate. While common sense is something that we all are born with, it seems to be something that we see very little of. Common sense is the work of our conscience and our conscience requires access to truth to guide us in the right direction. As one writer put it, “We seem content to exist without a foundation in our lives.” What we have done is move truth out of our homes and out of our lives. Though she has our best interest at heart and cries out daily for our benefit, we ignore her, or we procrastinate when it comes to implementing the truth that we have been given. Isaiah 59:14-15 puts it this way, “…judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth…” The emphasis here is not on the failure of truth but on the failed acquisition of truth. Without the acknowledgement and application of truth, we place ourselves into one of three crowds: the gullible, the “know-it-all,” or the troublemaker. Neither of these is where God desires for you to be. And, the reality is, that you don’t have to be in either of them. The reason that we don’t have common sense and godly wisdom is because we aren’t seeking it. So, don’t exclude truth and wisdom from your life or let laziness keep you from becoming the person that God desires for you to be.

– written by Pastor Jay Overbay


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