We live in confusing times. With the growing rejection of God and the truths of His Word, reasoning is becoming more and more subjective and the lies of the world are becoming more seductive. It seems that every person is deciding, and doing, what is right in their own eyes. Does that sound familiar? It should. In Judges 17:6 and 21:25 we are told that when the people of Israel turned from their God, “…every man did that which was right in his own eyes”… and we all know how that turned out.
Common Sense vs Confusion
As Christians, we know that the answer to the confusion of our world, is to make sense of all things using the truths of God. Only by looking outside of ourselves, and beyond our finite and fallen world, can we find a transcendent God who knows all, sees all and is all powerful to work good in our lives for His glory.
It can be very discouraging when we look at the condition of our world. Especially in America, during this time preceding a national election, we wonder in what direction our country is moving. Will the people of our country turn to God and allow Him to be our King? Or will they do “that which [is] right in [their] own eyes?” Will our country be led by man alone? Will our people reject God and follow a path that is not His way? It’s not only discouraging, it’s also depressing and frightening to think what happens when a nation turns from God.
With all that said, let’s lighten the darkness today. Of course the true way to give light is to turn to the Scriptures and anchor our souls with the Hope of our Saviour (Hebrews 6:19). All of us must make time every day to remember His love and His goodness toward us.
Today let’s lighten the feelings of discouragement by forgetting our concerns with a little bit of humor. We’ll do this by remembering an old and faithful friend, Common Sense.
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense. No one knows his age since his birth records were lost long ago in bureaucratic red tape.
Common Sense will be remembered as having lived by knowledge and reason, and having learned important life lessons such as:
- When it’s time to come in out of the rain.
- The early bird gets the worm.
- A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Stay on the straight and narrow.
- Get to the heart of the matter.
- Go the extra mile.
- Hold your tongue.
- Life isn’t always fair.
- Admitting when it’s your fault.
- and more!
Common Sense lived a simple life. He practiced sound financial policies and didn’t spend more than he earned. He also believed in time-proven methods like adults being in charge, not children. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when overbearing regulations were imposed in his workplace. It caused stress, resulting in headaches. Confusion set in after reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student and people jailed for believing the Bible. This brought on anxiety and depression.
Common Sense’s health continued to deteriorate when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children, when parents blamed the church because their children no longer believed in God and when people failed to save for a rainy day and then complained about lack of money. His health declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or give an aspirin to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense became distressed and despair set in. Common Sense became totally discouraged when medical doctors had no solution to treat the cause of his problems and only prescribed drugs to help him adjust. He started losing the will to live when his church began to teach less about the Saviour and not at all about the consequences of sin; when Bible studies became more about people’s opinions than God’s words; when people talked more about Facebook gossip than gospel hope, and when it became hard to tell the difference between a Sunday morning worship service and a Saturday night rock concert.
Shortly before his death, Common Sense took a beating when he fought off a burglar in his home and later the burglar sued him for assault. Then he almost had a stroke when men were given permission to use women’s bathrooms and women could use the men’s room, because of gender confusion. Common Sense finally gave up his will to live not wanting to catch the disease of insanity sweeping like a plague across the world. Very few people noticed his declining health and he died alone having been preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; his son, Reason; his brother Discernment and three sisters, Knowledge, Belief and Faith. Common Sense is survived by 4 grandchildren, What Now, Oh No, Can it Be and Help Needed. They were stunned by his passing. Common Sense was also survived by six nieces and nephews, Know My Rights, Want It Now, Always Right, Not at Fault, I’m A Victim, and I’m the Greatest. They were shocked that he held on for so long.
Rest in Peace, Common Sense.
Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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