The following (edited) devotional was originally written in 2013 and re-released just yesterday on ProverbialThought.com. Amazing how little things have changed.
Some things make perfect sense. Some things are so sensible that everyone agrees, hence the term “common sense.” However, there are some things that people find hard to understand, even though anyone with common sense would think it makes perfect sense.
The following proverb should be a no-brainer.
“When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” – Proverbs 16:7
Are you familiar with the Ten Commandments? Not the movie with Charleton Heston; I’m talking about the actual Ten Commandments found in the Bible.
If you haven’t read them in a while, why don’t we refresh ourselves with a few of them?
- Don’t steal
- Don’t murder
- Don’t commit adultery
- Don’t lie about your neighbor
- Honor your father and mother
- Don’t sit around desiring what’s not yours
If you want to live in such a way (ethically speaking) that will please the Lord, the above list is a good place to start, wouldn’t you think? What is more pleasing than not stealing, not murdering, not lying, not envying, etc.?
Believe it or not, doing what pleases the Lord (like not committing murder, not stealing from your employer, or not sleeping with your boss’s wife) is actually a good way to get ahead in the world. Common sense, wouldn’t you think?
I have worked with many atheists and agnostics, some of which hated what I believed, but none of them ever fired me for being a bad employee. Most gave high recommendations to my next employer. In one sense they were my “enemies,” but all in all they were peaceful. Why? Because my ways pleased the Lord.
What I found totally nonsensical, however, was a story relating to the Ten Commandments being posted in a public school. I can’t remember where this took place, exactly, but I do remember the reason the lawyers gave for removing the list from view…
“If the Ten Commandments are allowed to remain, then children will be tempted to do what they say.”
So, what were they saying, that if the Ten Commandments were left up someone might actually be tempted not to steal, not to lie, etc.?
Here’s a question… Which is more pleasing, a) NOT committing murder, or b) gunning down students and teachers?
I guess there’s a shortage of common sense these days.