Good Common Sense

January 16, 2020

Good Common Sense

By Russell George

People often find themselves in a problematic situation because they failed to use good common sense. Common sense enables you to make good decisions. A refrain we sometimes hear today is, “if it feels good, do it.” Good common sense tells us that isn’t good advice. If we just follow our feelings we can easily find ourselves outside the bounds of acceptable behavior. In this article, I want to encourage you to keep yourself within the bounds of good common sense.

Good common sense demands that we think. Maybe you don’t like to think, but if you don’t you will make a fool of yourself. You may even hurt yourself. Our mind is one of the most valuable assets we have. Even animals have a mind, but their minds don’t have anywhere near the capacity of the human mind. With our mind we learn. We learn to walk and talk. We learn what to do and what not to do. We learn to have skills so we can work and have something to offer.

Let’s suppose that a boy is playing football. The ball is passed to him and he runs off the field with it, gets in his car and takes it home with him. Has he won the game? I’d say he is way out of bounds. I’d say he wasn’t using good common sense, wouldn’t you? In the same way, many people aren’t using good common sense.

Take, for example, young people who get caught up in transgenderism. If you decide to make yourself of the gender opposite to that which God made you to be, you are flying in the face of reason and common sense. Just a quick look at your physical anatomy tells you what you are. A high percentage of transgenders attempt to commit suicide. They find themselves so confused and ashamed that they see no other way out. It doesn’t bring them happiness. If you are giving consideration to attempting to be of a different gender, it would be wise for you to say to yourself, “In light of the facts, it doesn’t make good common sense to give further consideration to this.” (To find the facts about suicide among transgenders go to www.yahoo.com. There you need to type in “suicide among transgenders”)

In Isaiah 1:18 the Lord says, “Come now and let us reason together.” We may reason with someone to help him see that he needs to use good common sense. We need to be able to say, “It just stands to reason that I should or shouldn’t do this.”

Instead of saying, “If it feels good, do it,” it makes more sense to say, “If it works, do it.” there may be some situations where that doesn’t make sense either. There are two approaches we can take to determine whether it makes good sense to do or not do something. The first is observation. If we see others are doing what we are thinking about doing, we can ask ourselves if they are getting good results from doing it. Are they hurting others by doing it? The other approach is to seek advice from others. Seek out someone who is older and has had more experience and ask him or her if it makes good common sense to do it.

Before you drop out of school it makes good common sense to ask yourself, “Is it wise?” “What happens to those who do it?” “Will I later regret it?” “Can I be successful in life without an education?”

It’s true that the Bible asks us to believe some things that appear to be outside the bounds of common sense. The first verse of the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” We are left to believe that he made everything out of nothing. Matthew 19:26 says, “With God all things are possible.”

Something as grandiose and marvelous as our universe demands that there had to have been a divine designer. People who don’t want to believe in God have come up with other theories about the origin of the universe. The most common is the theory of evolution. Again, something as grandiose and marvelous as our universe didn’t just happen by chance. Things with design don’t just happen by chance.

A miracle is another thing that goes beyond the laws of common sense. They go beyond the laws of nature. It might appear that some men have done miracles, but in every case, they were done by the power of God.

Contrary to what some might think, it makes good common sense to believe what the Bible says. It is the most logical explanation of things. In the Old Testament we read that the Jews had success and prospered when they obeyed God. When they didn’t, God abandoned them and let them be overcome by their enemies. If we do our best to obey the moral standards of God, we enjoy a happy, prosperous life. It’s not that we never have any trials, but God’s provision is always sufficient for us when we do.

I John 5:3 says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” His commandments aren’t grievous for those who are in the right relationship with him. We come into that relationship when we do what Romans 10:9 says. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” God’s only begotten Son came to this earth and gave his life on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. If we confess to God that we are sinners and ask him to forgive us on the basis of what Christ did for us he will save us from condemnation and make us a child of his.

It just makes good common sense to do what God tells us to do. Have you done that? If not, do it now. All you have to do is bow your head and ask God to save you and make you a child of his. If you do his will he will guide you to do that which makes good common sense.

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