COMMON SENSE, GOOD JUDGMENT AND WISDOM??
When was the last time you were witness to common sense? Or when someone demonstrated the use of, common sense? When was the last time you heard the statement, “Now that makes (good) sense,” or the opposite, “Wow, that sure lacked common sense?” Be honest now, think about it for a bit. How long has it been since it was demonstrated; in any area of our culture?
For a moment let’s start out by giving the secular definition of the word “Sense” and how it relates to the synonym, “Common Sense”.
• Sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound, true, or reasonable; rational meaning.
• Moral perception or appreciation.
• Perception through the intellect; apprehension; recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation.
• Capacity for effective application of the powers of the mind as a basis for action or response, e.g. Intelligence
• Sound mental capacity and understanding typically marked by shrewdness and practicality; also, agreement with or satisfaction of such power.
• Ability to make intelligent choices and to reach intelligent conclusions or decisions.
Synonyms: SENSE, COMMON SENSE, JUDGMENT, WISDOM mean ability to reach intelligent conclusions.
• SENSE implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence, e.g. a choice showing good sense.
• COMMON SENSE suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge, e.g. common sense tells me it’s wrong. Also; sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.
• JUDGMENT implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity, e.g. they relied on her judgment for guidance.
• WISDOM implies sense and judgment far above average, e.g. a leader of rare wisdom.
This, then is the secular, humanistic definition of what we “USED” to refer to as, common sense.
The truth of the matter is, that what we once recognized as ordinary, average, and yes, commonplace is no longer that. The lack of (common) sense is now the norm, hence you hardly ever hear the statement of something lacking, and when anybody acts at all with good judgment, wisdom OR sense, it is the exception and NOT the rule!
That’s a pretty strong statement to make and I can’t supply statistics or identifiable facts other than what we are ALL witness to and what is happening around the world. Not just in our own country and governments either, but in our churches, businesses and other organizations, and the lack of common sense seems to be truly epidemic!
When did common sense, good judgment and wisdom start to die? It’s easy to see if you can step back and look at the whole of current history as a whole. The Word of God is full of promises and assurances concerning the having and gaining (and yes, losing) of wisdom, judgment and good sense.
James 1:5-6 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
Our Heavenly Father desires that we walk with wisdom and good judgment before all men for that is what demonstrates a great testimony. 2 Peter 3:15 says, “and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation–as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,—–.”
The Book of Proverbs is full of verses relating to the rewards of wisdom and good judgment and the folly of a lack of understanding. One of the major proponents of demonstrating wisdom is not JUST looking to God, the Author and Provider of Wisdom, which should be the first place to turn too, but also of turning to others who have demonstrated “common sense,” or good judgment. “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” — Proverbs 11:14. Proverbs also states this in verses 5-6 of chapter 24, “A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.”
The key to these verses is that the having and the using of wisdom and good sense makes us strong and keeps us safe. Even in the personal battles that we all fight against the enemy of our souls. There is great support in the guidance of others who also possess good judgment and wisdom. That old saying that “a many stranded cord is hard to break,” refers to this very thing.
The writers of the Holy Bible, as inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, all confirm the same thing; God is not just the Author of Wisdom, He IS Wisdom! The term used for one of His Character attributes is Omniscience. I’ve stated it before, but it’s good to repeat it, simply put, He is ALL SCIENCE, or ALL KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM. Just as the Apostle James wrote, if we want wisdom, if we lack wisdom, all we have to do is ask of the Author of Wisdom and He will give it to any who ask, believing, in abundance. But, the key is to go before the God of all Creation and ask for it. You can’t get it in any other place.
So, with all this laid out, have you guessed yet or come to the conclusion of when we started losing “common sense” as a people?
Just like in the early days of Israel, when a country’s people abandon the God of Heaven for their own means and wants, the source of wisdom and good sense dries up. It is a nasty cycle of human nature that for some reason, the very source of our safety and guidance is neglected for man’s own perceived wisdom.
“No man is wise enough by himself.” –Plautus
“True wisdom consists not in seeing what is immediately before our eyes, but in foreseeing what is to come.” -Terence
When the God of Creation was removed from schools in the context of prayer, when anything relating to our Spiritual Heavenly Father was banned from the public under the pretext of “separation of Church and State,” – a false interpretation of the INTENT of the Constitution, which was FOUNDED on Godly principles, – then we cut off the very well-spring of wisdom, judgment and common sense! We wonder why our children started becoming more rebellious and undisciplined, when and why children started committing atrocious crimes only once attributed to adulthood!
With each passing generation, the problem increases exponentially due to the fact that those NOT taught the principles of good moral judgment and wisdom have nothing to pass on to the next generation. We see business leaders with no moral compass, their compass is based on the accumulation of wealth. We see politicians instead of statesmen who have no moral compass and whose compass is based upon the acquiring of more power and authority over others. We see church denominations splitting and dissolving, new ones rising up, following after every religious fad that happens to appeal to the masses. Our church organizations no longer know what it is like to fellowship with one another outside their own narrow-ruled denominations. Many forgetting that we ALL have gifts AND diversity in which the Church of Christ Jesus is truly established!
Our churches no longer care for those outside their four walls unless those outside are part of their “membership!” When they do take on circumstances outside the walls of their private “Jericho’s,” it is with a social gospel that is only concerned with the immediate, natural world around them. Forget about the temporal state of that very world and society, when so many are crying out for some eternal answers!
Our church leaders no longer allow themselves an accountability to others by seeking the “guidance and counsel of many” so that all they do can and will be in unison, as the Body of Christ is supposed to be.
Now don’t get me wrong, just as the lack of common sense, used to be the exception and not the rule, there still is good judgment and wisdom in play, but IT is now the EXCEPTION and not the rule. There IS a Body of Believers that does exist though, practicing good judgment and wisdom, seeking counsel among one another with continued guidance by the Holy Spirit. It IS the Body of Christ that the Holy Spirit is molding, using its diverse gifts and abilities, but its organization is spiritual and not in the natural. Christ Jesus is the head of this “denomination” and its membership is known to one another “as the Spirit bears witness with one another.”
When we abandon the Author of wise counsel, we also abandon the strength and safety that is a direct result of following wise and sound precepts. This is not just evidenced in the United States either; this is a WORLD-WIDE epidemic, and it is just as the Bible has prophesied would happen.
Daniel 12:3-4, “Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
These verses have been interpreted in many ways, but it cannot be denied that the writer, as inspired by the Holy Spirit, is talking about the last days of man as he is known today. Our world is smaller due to the ability to travel “to and fro” and all in part to the “increase of knowledge.”
Our technology has allowed so much. We have gained so much knowledge and information and yet, that intelligence does NOT breed wisdom or good judgment. If anything, it fosters the very thing so many in the Bible’s writings have warned about; arrogance!
Job 32:9, “Great men are not always wise, Nor do the aged always understand justice.”
Proverbs 15:2, “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”
Proverbs 3:7, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.”
Proverbs 17:18, “A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety for his friend.”
Jeremiah 9:23-24, “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. -Spurgeon
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is knowledge of our own ignorance. -Spurgeon
Just as Daniel wrote and as John the Apostle put forth in the Book of Revelations, certain things WILL transpire and those circumstances won’t take place until common sense, good judgment and wisdom are on the decline. Well, if you have been totally honest with yourself, you can see the truth in what I have stated. We are on that highway that will lead to the Anti-Christ and the “end of days” and the second coming of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Christ WILL come in spite of the lack of wisdom, but man’s salvation through Christ Jesus will be due to his individual desire to walk in Godly, Spiritual Wisdom!
Common sense and good judgment are dead!
Long live exceptional Godly Wisdom!!