at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
"How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.
But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you -
when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.
Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
- PROVERBS 1:20 - 33 -
Common sense can be learned from experience or the teaching we receive from those we trust. But God's Word is the best source of all to develop discernment and good judgment.
Three words echo throughout the book of Proverbs: WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING. God has packed this book with common sense.
To get more common sense, consult God's Word - the source of wisdom - daily. - Cindy Hess Kasper -
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. (Proverbs 11:12)
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. (Proverbs 17:27)
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. (Proverbs 20:13)
For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)
TO GAIN A HEART OF WISDOM:
Ask God for it (James 1:5)
Read regularly from the Proverbs.
Seek out godly counsel (Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; 19:20)
KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT COMMON SENSE IS FOLLY