"Common Sense and Practical Advice" - Thursday, August 6, 2020 - Dianne Prince
1 Corinthians 1:27 God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful.
We all want to control our lives. As I get older, one thing I realize is trying to control my life of my own strength is useless. The more I try to control what goes on in my life, the deeper I get into trouble. The more I try to fix things myself, the more I realize how helpless I truly am.
As Christians, we want to do the right thing. We make up in our minds we are going to do better. We try with all our might to control our actions, our thoughts and our habits. We even try to control our family, our job, our finances, our friends, and our neighbors. But when we try to control these things of our own strength, we set ourselves up for failure. When we try to make things come out the way we want them to, we are disappointed every time.
Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” The more we learn to rely on Him, the more we strive to submit our will to His will, and the more we endeavor to get our plans in line with His purpose the better off we will be. So many times, instead of submitting our lives to God’s will, we spend our time looking for answers on our own. We spend our time trying to figure out what to do apart from almighty God. We ponder. We question. And, we wonder what to do—what to do about a child who will not listen. What to do about a bill that needs to be paid. What to do about a car that has broken down. And we even ponder over what to do about a troubled marriage.
We brood over what to do about an unexpected illness, a teenage daughter who is living a reckless and irresponsible life, a son who is running with the wrong crowd, or perhaps a spouse who has been unfaithful. We ponder over what to do about faith that is wavering, doubt that prevents us from praying, worry that keeps up awake at night, and peace that is no where to be found.
So many times, we frantically look for common sense answers to lingering problems. We seek practical advice. Sometimes we get so desperate for answers that we look everywhere and to anybody who promises a quick fix. We search for an easy answer. We seek a logical solution. We rely on fortune from Chinese cookies. We read the daily horoscope. We make a call to the fortune teller toll-free number. We tune into our favorite talk show in hopes of getting a swift resolution to the dilemma at hand.
We need to be careful to whom we listen. Everyone who gives advice is not operating in the power of the Holy Spirit. Everyone who gives what sounds like a good thing to do, does not know Jesus as their Lord and personal Savior. You see, some people are giving answers because they heard it works. Some are giving answers because they read about it. Some are just plain guessing it will work. And yet, others are hoping it works. When it is all said and done, the advice you are getting is nothing more than human wisdom—common sense. And, common sense is nothing more than a guessing game and there is a 50-50 chance of it working out.
Paul tells us when it comes to solving problems, there is nothing more important than our faith in God. He is the only one to be trusted. Paul, stresses that God is not a logical God. His plans are not based on human ability. His ways are not confined to man’s limited thinking. No, God is not a commonsense God. He is not a God who changes with the seasons, with the economy, or with the political climate of the world. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
As I think about it, my salvation is not based on human logic. My salvation is not based on my ability to see Jesus with my naked eyes. But I see in the evidence He has placed all around me. I see Jesus every time I see a newborn baby. I see Him every time I see a flower blooming in the middle of the desert. I see Jesus every time I see a person walking away from an accident where the car was mangled beyond recognition.
My salvation is not based on common sense, but it is based on Jesus, the one I can not feel with my hands. But, I can feel Him moving through the trees, in the wind and the breeze. My salvation is not based on common sense, but it is based on the sacrificial death of Jesus.
God is not a commonsense God. And I cannot rely on what appear to be common sense answers. Nevertheless, by faith, I rely on Him for every answer to every problem life sends my way. Why? “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” God, and God alone, has the answers to my everyday problems.
More daily inspiration can be found in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.