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Ah I need Understanding!
Lord, can only you grant understanding?
I learned a valuable lesson today. Regardless of what worldly education tells us, understanding cannot be produced by the individual. I cannot know what I don’t know . Understanding is needed to enable a person to incorporate knowledge into life. To enable them to live, walk out of an understanding of the truth.
Teaching is only half the equation!
Teaching makes a road for understanding to hopefully take hold. When sharing knowledge something happens when true understanding has taken hold. A light comes on. The face brightens, the eyes sparkle and there’s an “oh…I get it!” look that comes across the face. Once that border has been crossed, the knowledge is incorporated – absorbed. It becomes a part of the learner. A lot depends on the receptivity, the attitude, and willingness of the learner to achieve understanding. However no amount of preparation, want to or skill can guarantee understanding will take place. We may have the pieces of knowledge but lack the “understanding,” the cohesiveness of how those pieces connected and why. Therefore, can’t incorporate the knowledge into life or explain it to someone else. So often, lack of understanding, is the key people are missing in many important areas life.
The Gift of Understanding
Understanding is one of those things we, as humans, cannot control; for others or for ourselves. Understanding is solely the realm of the Holy Spirit, a priceless gift. Seeking understanding (as I am instructed to do in the Bible) does not guarantee an absolute. Understanding cannot just be demanded. Understanding is given at the behest and wisdom of the Spirit of God.
I love the Word, and have at times been reading a portion I may have read many times before when suddenly, “a light dawns!” My attention is riveted. I read it again and again – absorbing its sudden truth, like the sunrise of the morning things are made clear, things are clicking together – d’voila – understanding is happening. Sometimes clarity is abruptly bright and clear – sometimes it is gradual, like the lifting of a heavy fog!
Out of man’s control
Understanding, however, is not something man can control – man cannot make it happen for themselves or for another. There is a waiting upon the Spirit that must be acknowledged even while learning the facts. Only as the facts are taken in can the Spirit gift understanding to make the facts profitable. Again – this is important – man cannot make that happen! Man cannot achieve understanding UNLESS given by the Spirit of God. The Spirit is the only one who can knit understanding together with knowledge in the soul so man can walk it out in life. They work together – I can’t have understanding without knowledge and knowledge without understanding is empty and void of value.
Jesus said the Holy Spirit would teach us all things, guide us into all things. He is the holder and granter of understanding. So…when the Bible says, seek understanding, it means seek the Holy Spirit! When there is a lack understanding we don’t have to just blindly reach for it –to logic it out in our own ability. That only sends the seeker in circles or lands them in a lie! We can turn to the Holy Spirit who is the holder and giver of all true understanding! We may “think” we understand but unless the understanding came from the Holy Spirit – it will be faulty and weak, rendered useless by selfishness and self-protecting and promoting tendencies! In and through the Holy Spirit is the ONLY place man will discover the pure stream of understanding which comes straight from the throne room of God!
Once understanding has been granted– we need to camp there for a while. Absorb it. Let the flow of living, pure understanding pour in and around us. Soak in it. Let it adhere to us, become a part of us. We need to conscientiously welcome and receive it. Now we are ready to walk out its truth in power and for the glory of God!