Uncommon Sense

Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding. It is impossible for God to do wrong, and for the Almighty to act unjustly. – Job 34:10

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Don’t you wish that common sense was … well … more “common?” When we were in our teens, my brother would say things like, “David, you are smart, but you just have no common sense.” I like to think I had more than he did, but at that age neither one of us was Ben Franklin!

Wisdom, another word for common sense, can come with age and while I believe I have more than I used to, accumulated years is no guarantee that I will grow wiser. There are plenty of gray-haired “knot-heads” walking around. In fact, many of them (like pigeons) seem to dwell near some of our most enduring national monuments (D.C.).

What is the best indicator that you possess some common sense? Look to Elihu above. A person’s understanding is more than common, in fact it is supernatural, if: a) he/she believes in God and b) he/she believes that God is righteous and just. Knowing God may not be the only sign of wisdom, but it is a good beginning. Nothing else really makes sense.

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one. – E. B. White

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