Understanding ‘Understanding’

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you.” Proverbs 2:1-11

I have always wanted to understand things, the ‘whys’ behind concepts, operations, decisions. While I can be rather compliant, obedience and acceptance have always been easier when I understand the background reasoning. This passage from Solomon, himself endowed with vast wisdom from God, appeases my life-long penchant, and assures that it can be satisfied. He describes the perfect match of a willing vessel ready to receive and a gracious Giver eager to fill; a treasure seeker who knows the value of his prize and goes to great lengths to secure it, and the Guardian of the storehouse ready to open wide its doors. The blessedness for us is in knowing God fulfills His promises in His way and time. My ears, eyes, and heart must be open; He will grant understanding as I wait and as I walk. What I continue to discover is that the understanding granted is more of God’s character and ways than of actual situations and events. And isn’t that understanding what true ‘understanding’ is? (2 Chronicles 1:7-12)

Yesterday I saw sprays of birds in the sky, swirling flocks almost unseen, then bursting white like fireworks as their wings caught the sun. Over and over, two or three circles of spotted light would surprise, sparkle against deep blue and then disappear, a beautiful reminder of the Master Artist at work. He is present always, but His appearance comes as He chooses; I must be looking. He will astonish and even delight me with what He reveals of Himself.

He Who is behind every design of creation is the One Who, as I start my morning digging for wisdom and go about my days open-eyed and receptive, gives morsels of wisdom, shines glimpses of His attributes and next steps of His paths, surprises with ‘aha’ comprehension of facets of His eternal purposes.

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How eager am I for the intangibles of God? What do my habits reveal about how much I value God Almighty’s wisdom and understanding? Do I treasure His spiritual goods more than the things, attention, approval of this world?

Lord, thank You for teaching me how to hunt. Please keep me on that path, hungry and searching, digging deep in Your word and looking up for revelation. May all I do and say be permeated with godly understanding, to the exaltation of Your wisdom and ways.

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