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Ah I need Understanding!

Updated on April 14, 2011

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 makes a road
Teaching makes a road

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.

A Gift of the Spirit
A Gift of the Spirit

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!


Our Holy Spirit Teacher
Our Holy Spirit Teacher | Source

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!


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    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for reading prairieprincess, and its good when we can get godly insight from one another. May you be continually refreshed in the presence of our King! Blessings

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Ulrike Grace, this is beautiful. I love the way you have explained "understanding" so wonderfully. It is so true that we can struggle and strive on our own but without the Holy Spirit, we are struggling in the dark. This hub was a refreshment to my soul. I love your writing! Take care.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Ulrike Grace, Great insight! "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." Amen! This is a Powerful Truth!

      Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      7 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      loved reading this hub!

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      Richard Parr 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Dear Grace, wonderful hub. To wait on understanding is a hard wait at times. Sometimes it comes unprecedented, yet more often only after the bricks of experience, diligence and perseverance have been laid. Love and appreciate you.

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      7 years ago

      Ulrike Grace: This is an excellent article in my assessment because you are sharing with me truth. You point me back to Jesus Christ, the only source of true or perhaps "eternal" understanding that will not fail. Understanding that does not come from the heart and mind of God is "fleshly" as we read in the book of James. Thankyou for pointing me to the one true source of trustworthy wisdom and understanding. Thankyou for pointing out to me the importance of acting or living out Godly wisdom/understanding in my life. That is the time when God truly lives through us for His glory. Thankyou Immartin for your helpful comment. I agree that this is an excellent and well written article!

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      7 years ago from Canada

      shannon magdalene...great to see you here! Thank you for stopping in to read and blessing us with your comments and praise of the Father. We do need Father and the Holy Spirit. And only humbleness will bring us to the place of our need and victory. Love you too sweet one...blessings, Ulrike Grace

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      7 years ago from Canada

      Immartin...I agree with you...understanding does not come to us passively if that is what we are expecting. We do need to put the information in there, seek the wisdom but with it seek understanding. And that was my point...too often we seek the knowledge and the wisdom but not the understanding taht goes with it and can only come from God. Thanks for reading and your comment. Blessings to you. Ulrike Grace

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      shannon magdalene 

      7 years ago

      Thank you my dear and precious Ulrike Grace friend.

      Thank YOU Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit who resides in us!

      We need you. Continue how to teach us to wait, to abide in You.

      Love you Ulrike Grace.

      xox :)

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      7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      "Seek knowledge and pray for understanding" is the applicable proverb here, I think. Yes, understanding is a gift, but it is one we must earn by actively acquiring knowledge and experience, learning and maturity. Understanding will never come to you passively. Very nice hub, Ulrike Grace. Well written with wisdom and humility. Lynda


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