“Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works. I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies! The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Give me understanding according to your word!” “There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land… My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; you have rejected knowledge,.. you have forgotten the law of your God… A people without understanding shall come to ruin.” “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you… When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” Psalm 119:27,125,130,169; Hosea 4:1,6,14; Matthew 22:29; John 14:26; 16:13; 2 Timothy 2:7
Much is emphasized today about our feelings, and they are a masterful gift from God in His creating the whole person. But danger arises when we allow feelings to trump, or dismiss, or neglect, thinking. A ready knowledge and understanding of Scriptures lays a foundation for our souls that is both guide and stay, an immovable standard that stands as security and light for our way. The truth of God’s word in the foreground gives us His perspective and comprehension of all that lies beyond.
In any big decision, from a sizable purchase to a court case that determines a person’s future, from a move to a new locale to the choice of a life partner, understanding is sought. The fuller the information, the better judgment can be made. So how do we go about gaining wisdom for these life issues in order to avoid the ‘ruin and wrong’ that attend ignorance? There are times we are called upon to answer, to act, where we have little background or experience, situations where we are burdened yet know not how to proceed, but our great God does not leave us to ourselves to respond. He promises wisdom and understanding for those who seek Him. He enables us to stand assured with spiritual understanding. His word lights our path, His Spirit, our Paraclete, divinely develops our insight and directs our thinking. (Psalm 32:8; 119:105)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7
Have I trained myself to seek Him and His wisdom? When faced with a problem, or responsibility, do I seek Him first for understanding of all facets of the situation, a grasp of personalities and requirements, possible outcomes and the way forward? Do I make the effort to climb the heights alone with Him to see others and issues through His holy filter?
Father, guard my time in Your word, and from it grant me Your understanding for all that comes my way. May all I say and do bear Your imprint and greatness.