From chapter two…
6 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
The phrase, ‘common sense’ is so subtle that we tend to read it or say it without fully understanding the implications that it carries. I think part of the reason for this is because it’s not bold or brash. It’s quiet, steady, the same day in and day out. It’s just there and it’s something that you can depend on. And that’s the point! Common sense is a tried and true principle of life that no one can argue against. Now there are exceptions to the rule, as there is with any principle. But that’s the thing with common sense and proverbs – everything being equal, they hold true to life. It doesn’t even matter what part of the world you are from, what language you speak, or the culture you identify with, they are valid right across the board. That’s what makes them ‘common’.
Now here is what I think is the beauty of common sense: deep inside each human being is the seed of common sense. I love how Solomon writes, “He [the Lord] grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.” In that one sentence there is a hint that common sense is found or discovered when we are straight up with ourselves, with others, and especially with God. Being honest means being straight up.
I’ve always contended that God is everywhere and is in everything, and if that’s the case, then God must be in the common, otherwise, how can God be God? Today, ask God to grant you a treasure of common sense, and when situations come your way, don’t dodge and weave, don’t manipulate or look the other way, search for the treasure and do life ‘straight up’.