The Man of Understanding

To understand can be seen as wisdom. “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” (Proverbs 1:5).  To gain a true understanding of God’s promises to us we need to keep his commandments by digesting his word on a daily basis.  We often indulge on physical food but how often do we indulge on spiritual food.  The Psalmist (111:10) tells us “A good understanding have all those who do his commandments.  His praise endures forever.”  We often can get side tracked by our own academic and professional understanding.  We need to be reminded that if we are to become a people that truly understand God’s purpose we are to develop our spiritual and not our worldly understanding.  1 Corinthians 3:19 says “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”

If we truly appreciate the love that has been shown us by our heavenly father through the giving of his son for our sins then we can enter into a special covenant relationship with God.  Proverbs 3:13 says, “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.”  Our understanding of God’s love will help us all to develop spiritually and to become wise in his sight.  If we have the faith and belief in the Lord we will be of the right mind and will be willing to learn.

Academic knowledge is obtained by different means to spiritual knowledge.  If we are to understand how the human brain works we are reliant on our own understanding of the books we read.  Proverbs though is clear of the means by which spiritual knowledge can be attained through faith rather than our own understanding, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes.” (3:5-7).
Through the Lord Jesus we all have the opportunity to apply our knowledge for many differing purposes.  This can be shown in our willingness to serve.  Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 2:7 that if we consider what the Lord has to say he will give us “understanding in all things.”  Therefore we should be encouraged that all of us has an important role to play!
Proverbs clearly guides the wise believer to remain humble.  Chapter 17 and verse 27 says, “He who has knowledge spares his words.”  Wisdom can spread by reputation and by practical out working.  If this occurs it is much better than for it to be spread by people who are proud of their own depth of understanding.  Respect is gained when wisdom is spread quietly.  The writer of the Proverbs, Solomon was a man of understanding.  His wisdom, like Jesus’ spread throughout the world by reputation (1 Kings 4:34).
In this way, each day, we are presented with opportunities to show others whom we represent and that we are that bit different from the world. Do others see the understanding of the Lord Jesus in us or are we no different from the crowd?

Daily Readings

Today: 23 January 2018