Use Your Common Sense
‘God blesses everyone who has wisdom and common sense.’ Proverbs 3:13 CEV
God not only wants us to bless us because we’re wise, He wants to give us wisdom so He can bless us. The key to success lies in doing the right thing at the right time. Stress and worry most often come from one or more of four major sources:
(1) Saying yes to far too many things. Sometimes people try to keep busy so they won’t be bored―or won’t have time to face how they feel in themselves. All our ‘going and doing’ fails to acknowledge or address our core emptiness.
(2) Not stopping to rest. When we’re ‘in demand’, it’s all too easy to convince ourselves that the price of popularity is a maxed-out calendar of engagements. But let’s not fool ourselves; activities that add little to our spiritual well-being and leave little time for God are not His plan for us.
(3) Failure to enjoy what we accomplish. ‘A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.’ (Proverbs 13:19 NKJV) With always too much to do, we dash off to the next job, often without finishing the previous one or taking time to stand back and celebrate our accomplishment. Is it a wonder when we begin to think existence is meaningless?
(4) Owing more than we can repay. Next time you’re faced with a credit card purchase—wait! Don’t necessarily say no. Just present your so-called ‘need’ to God and see what He says about it. If you’re serious about developing your spiritual life, use your common sense and put these four principles to work.
SoulFood: Judg 4–6, Mk 10:13–22, Ps 88:9b–18, Prov 13:4–6
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018