Common Sense

Common sense. It used to be called horse sense. My late father-in-law said “mule sense” would be a better term. He always said you could literally work a horse to death, but a mule wouldn’t let that happen. When a mule gets tired, worn out, about to drop, he stops working, and there’s nothing you can do to make him keep working!

Merriam-Webster defines common sense as sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.

Oswald Chambers wrote “Never let common sense obtrude and push the Son of God to one side.”


“Common sense is a gift which God gave to human nature; but common sense is not the gift of His Son. Supernatural sense is the gift of His Son; never enthrone common sense. The Son detects the Father; common sense never yet detected the Father, and never will. Our ordinary wits never worship God unless they are transfigured by the indwelling of the Son of God.” (My Utmost for His Highest” [August 9] Oswald Chambers)

There are incidents and occurrences when, without spiritual discernment and understanding, just don’t “make sense.” Common sense from our natural point of view just won’t cover it.

Other than God, it’s not explainable, it’s not possible, it doesn’t compute!!

Jesus told his disciples that “when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth..” (John 16)

Paul wrote to the Roman church:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.   (Romans 8)

So what do we do with “common sense?” I believe as Christians we can trust that the Holy Spirit has taken over our natural common sense, and guides us with a Godly Wisdom that only He can give.

“Trust not in your own understanding….” (Proverbs 3:5-6)