We live in a society that relies on common sense. But how reliable is common sense and does God want us to rely on it? Perhaps if we would learn to rely on God-sense, our lives would be more meaningful and fulfilling. Common sense may be practical, but I have come to understand that common sense is wrong.
I hear people talk about common sense, and how if we possessed it, we would have the ability to understand and cope with the things we encounter in life. However, I learned that common sense is just that — common. Common sense is something that the majority of people would agree on. Common sense is that which people, in general, perceive as their common or mutual understanding. Another way of defining common sense is good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.
The Goodness of God Sense
The God we serve is amazing. He is good to us even when life wears us down. It hurts to laugh when our spirit has been wounded and when our heart has been broken.
The broken places in life are the places that no one can mend but God. How does one address a right that seems wrong? It seems wrong because it hurts you. But at the same time, it is right because it is the will of God.
When my dear sister, Catherine Andrews, passed from death to life, my common sense emotions were very much alive, yelling, screaming, crying; yet it is a common thing to respond to hurt in such a manner, still, none of that helps, because at the end of my outbursts of hurt, I just wanted my sister back.
I want to be here in the present, operating with the fullness of life, yet I am thinking about being there in the afterlife. The absence of my sister is much like a member of your family that has gone missing. You just want them to come back home. But deep in my knower, I know she is at home with God, in our Father’s Bosom.
Worldly Wisdom Opposes Divine Sense
Every day of our lives we should be preparing to leave this life. No matter how much we would like to stay here God has already said that like everything else, our lives have seasons. “There is a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2).
Anyone who professes to be a Christian should know that attempting to hold on to what is not ours — meaning life as we know it — is in a state of denial and it, then becomes self-evident that we have obtained common sense concerning God sense.
God Sense is Wisdom for Living
Having a common sense about God sense is to have a general opinion about life instead of having God’s knowledge about life. God-sense is wisdom for living and in any given scenario Christians should not rely on common sense.
I know absolutely that it is God’s will and His right to do as He chooses. We were created for His purpose. We should not doubt for one moment that “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1).
Common sense is wrong because the logic of common sense is all wrong. Anyone who desires to hold on to that which is not theirs possesses a wrong intellect. God sense says that life here on earth is always ending.
One who has acquired wisdom understands that in this world, we do not own anything. It is by God’s goodness and His benefits that we are allowed the good pleasure of sharing life. It is wrong in the eyes of God to accept the logic and intellect of common sense. Instead, as Christians, our commonality should be to have God sense at all times concerning life.
Satan uses common sense to spread lies and incomplete truths. Whenever we rely on common sense, we become prey to satanic influence. Things like sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness, hate, violence, and pride all arise from our reliance on common sense. Common sense is wrong.
Spiritual Gifts Are Empowered by God Sense
God-sense on the other hand helps us to understand that we can overcome Satan. When we rely on God-sense we become aware that the Spirit of God is alive inside us and His greatness far surpasses the strength and power of the spirit of Satan that rules the world in which we live. When we rely on God sense we learn to use the spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-12) that God has given us.
Common sense is wrong. The lessons of God sometimes mean that we learn in hard places and in difficult times. And sometimes these lessons will make one question God. However, God is gracious enough to allow us to have the knowledge to use His wisdom for living, even when we are hurt.
To see right when I am wrong is the goodness of God-sense. So, if common sense ever causes you to ask the question, “Who is God?” the perfect answer would be, “God is Who He Is.”