More Than Common Sense

Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:24)

We all need common sense, which gives us the ability to use sound judgment in the practical matters of life. One can have great knowledge but no idea how to apply it to daily life, while the one who has common sense will usually make good decisions. But the one with wisdom has the power of God at his or her disposal in the person of Jesus Christ. That is the way to live life!

In the beginning, “By his word were the heavens made, and all the host of them” (Psalm 33:6 NKJV). As John tells us in the opening chapter of his gospel, this Word was not only with God, this Word was God, and through the power and wisdom of this Word that became flesh and dwelt among us, everything was created as a hymn to His glory. “Everything” includes every one of us. But the only way we will be able to sing that song for which we have been created is by looking to the One who is able to make us wise. He is the one who offers us true wisdom.

The so-called “wisdom” of this world at the time of Christ could not comprehend a crucified Messiah. It was inconceivable that the Savior would be nailed to a cross to die a criminal’s death. Make no mistake, when Jesus died on that cruel cross, the wisdom of the world believed that His life had ended in ignoble defeat, not glorious victory. And why would they not? Death is the ultimate weakness. This carpenter’s son may have performed some miracles, they reasoned, like multiplying the loaves and fish and turning water into wine, but coming back to life was something they simply did not have a category for.

Yet this is the wisdom of God: Three days after the crucifixion, God the Father put His stamp of approval on God the Son by raising Him from the dead. To be sure, the death of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins seems foolish to the unbelieving mind. But when Jesus walked out of the grave on that first Easter morning, the wisdom of God became available to everyone who will but trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. The Wisdom of God is available to us on every page of Scripture. All we need to do is invest our time prayerfully marinating in and meditating on that wisdom.

Remember, “To get wisdom is better than gold” (Proverbs 16:16). Gold can make you a living. Wisdom can make you a life that will live on long after you are gone. Wisdom is much more than common sense, and it is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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