“Ask, and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you…How sweet are thy words unto my taste…Through thy precepts I get understanding…”(See Matt. 7:7; Ps. 119:103,104.)
Yesterday’s post answered my title’s question in two ways. One is prayer and the other is the word of God. It’s not found by osmosis but by gaining the knowledge of God’s will and applying that knowledge in wisdom. The word by itself nor prayer by itself are not enough to open your eyes to truth.
“And he[Jesus] said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled…Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said…Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance of remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem… And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (Luke 24:44-47; 1John 5:20).
Has Christ opened your eyes of understanding to who He is?
Christ did not leave us alone to muddle through His word after His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. He knew that would leave us without the means of understanding.
“…as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God…the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God…that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God…But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned…” (See1Cor. 2:9-12,14)
The natural man, one not born of the Spirit of God cannot know the things of God. That’s why God also gives us teachers.
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual thing with spiritual…1Cor. 2:13;Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran…to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him…Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.” Acts. 8:29-31,35.
Do you have someone with whom you can study God’s word and explain the things of the Spirit of God?
Understanding begins as we hear the word and the Father draws us through the Spirit convincing us of our need to repent, turning us to the only One who can cleanse us from the guilt, power, and ultimately the presence of sin. Once born of the Spirit, understanding grows as we grow in the knowledge of God in wisdom, asking, seeking and knocking.
Understanding is a gift of God for any who will come to Him. Have you come to the right source for understanding?
Father, thank you, for giving us your Holy Spirit and giving us faithful teachers to guide us in your truth. May we, “Trust in you, with all our heart; and lean not on our own understanding. But acknowledge you in all our ways, understanding you will direct our paths.” (My paraphrase of Prov. 3:5,6). Amen.