This is the 2nd of a two part series on the values of common sense and discernment based on Proverbs 3:21-26. If you missed the first one you can read it here.
“My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.” (NLT)
When we are using common sense and discernment in our everyday lives and our decision making processes, we will find there there are many benefits related to them. These verses written in Proverbs offer six specific benefits of common sense and discernment.
There are very few things that are more refreshing than knowing you have made the right decision. Life brings challenges and some of the greatest stresses in life come from the decisions that we have to make. That is why our brain creates habits to reduce the stress of decision making. When our discernment and common sense are accurate, it allows us to consistently make the right decision. Correct decisions reduce stress which in turn creates more refreshing moments.
Bad decisions can create even worse situations and problems. Often the wrong decisions can put us in dangerous places. There can be times that our life can be put in danger, but more often our poor decisions affect other areas. Poor decisions often jeopardize our family, our finances and our reputation. Correct decisions help protect these things. Discernment and common sense bring protection and safety to the decision making process.
The wording in the verse above says “your feet will not stumble.” This indicates that common sense brings a steadiness to your life. There are not erratic turns and twists, but a consistency that allows both you and those around you to know what to expect and how to respond. Stability helps eliminate the extreme highs and extreme lows that people with little discernment may experience. Steadiness creates dependability and provides safety for others as they depend on our decision making process.
Rest without fear
Have you ever been unable to sleep because you were afraid of the consequences of a decision you had made? Maybe you were afraid of facing the turmoil of tomorrow and it robbed you of rest tonight. Decision making processes that include discernment and common sense allow us to rest easy at night. It does not mean that difficulties do not arise. It simply means that we are secure in the decisions we have made and can rest knowing that we have created the best possible scenario for the correct outcome.
Not afraid of disasters
Disasters come in life no matter how good you are at making decisions. There are some things that are just out of your control. Science has never been able to control hurricanes, tornadoes or other natural disasters. It can however help us prepare for them. The same is true of common sense and discernment. While they will never be able to eliminate disasters from your life they can help you prepare for them and remove the fear associated with problems that seem to devastate others.
Avoidance of traps
Traps are constantly being set for others. Almost all traps are meant to allow someone to take advantage of or harm a victim. It may be to make an unnecessary purchase or an unwise financial decision, or it could be to pull you into an unhealthy relationship. Life is full of traps and landmines and there is constantly someone looking to take advantage of you or harm you. If discernment and common sense allows you to see before others, or at least see what needs to be seen, then they are extremely beneficial in helping you avoid some of the pitfalls that others have set for you. Traps are rarely meant for your good.
Common sense and discernment are valuable tools. These verses describe them as “jewels on a necklace”. They are valuable treasures that will offer you benefits in every decision that you make. Wear them around your neck. Protect them as you would other treasures. Discernment and common sense will pay dividends your entire life.
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