Recently, when I told someone that we wanted to leave God in charge of our family size, I was told that “God wants us to trust Him, but He also wants us to use common sense.”
I know this person loves our family and is truly speaking out of love; she wants the best for our family. Her words stuck in my head though. I don’t think there should ever be a but after God.
I do believe that common sense, or wisdom, is definitely given to us by God. And, like many things, it’s only useful if we use it. My friend went on to say that we had to make sure we were secure in our finances, our marital relationship, etc. All very good things to consider. And believe me, we have considered them all. And to be honest, the idea of trusting God with our family size still scares me quite a lot. I know it sounds horrible, but I find myself praying that I won’t get pregnant for at least a year. (Please don’t judge me.)
I also believe, however, that there are times that God doesn’t want us to use common sense. These are the times that he wants us to trust Him. To step off the cliff and trust that He’ll catch us, so to speak. I believe he does to strengthen us, to stretch us, and to bless us. After all, none of the best things in life come easily, right?
After all, was it common sense that led Noah to build a boat in the dessert because a voice in his head told him to?