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::Devotional:: ‘Wisdom Beyond Common Sense”

February 15, 2010

In my Sunday School class yesterday the question was posed, “where does common sense and logic come into play with wisdom?”  In context, we were discussing godly wisdom that is obtained from God through prayer, the study of the Bible, and application of the truths of God in our lives.  I thought it was an interesting question that deserved some serious thought.  I stand behind my initial thought during the class that at some point wisdom will carry you beyond the boundaries of common sense and logic.

Dictionary.com defines common sense as – sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.

Normal native intelligence is always going to be attached to our sinful nature.  It is attached to self.  Now there are a lot of people in the world that are not believers that have good common sense which leads them to make a fair amount of moral decisions.  On the other hand, there are a lot of believers in the world that have bad common sense which leads them to make their fair share of immoral decisions.  It is not a clear cut difference.

You see, the moment a Christian begins to study the word of God he submits himself to training.  Training in righteousness.  That training is part of the very core of the Bible’s purpose.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2 Timothy 3:16 NAS

The very wisdom of God, the ability to discern between what is right and wrong according to Him and apply it in life, is insfused into the mind of a Christian.  It is part of the process that transforms us to become more like Christ and less like the pattern of this world. (See Romans 12:1-2)

Common sense is based on our perception of the facts.  On the other hand, although wisdom is not negligent of the facts, faith is an additional factor.  In other words, godly wisdom can’t be separated from having faith in God.  It is because of this relationship that I believe wisdom will carry you beyond the boundaries of common sense and logic.

Consider some of the Biblical accounts of people like Noah, Sarah and Abraham, Elijah, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and Stephen; at some point they encountered the boundaries of common sense and it was wisdom and faith that carried them beyond.

Solomon is the wisest man who will ever live.  Listen to the words of wisdom he imparted to his son in the book of proverbs.

My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,

3 and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,

4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,

5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7 He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.

9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.

Proverbs 2:1-11 NIV

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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