“He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good (Proverbs 19:8, Amp).”
I can hear Uncle Marcus as if he were sitting right next to me, “Understan’in is the greatest thing in the woooorld….” He’d say this many times. Even now, when I face confusing situations I hear these words. I don’t know about you, but until I have understanding of a thing, I’d much rather keep my confusion to myself. To that end, I might be silent for long periods of time. In my silent moments, I’m turning a matter over and over in my head. I’m searching the scriptures, searching the Internet, and seeking clarity. During these times, I’m not the best company because my attention is towards getting a handle on my issue.
In this way, I’m a little different from someone who chooses to talk their problem out. Not that I won’t ever talk it out, but for the most part I’m trying to understand it myself before I share it with someone else. I used to feel bad about my process because it often kept me isolated from others. I almost always ended up defending myself when accused of being distant. I no longer feel bad, however, because on the rare occasion when I’d share before gaining a good understanding I only ended up confusing the other person, too. One too many of those times taught me to appreciate how I’m wired.
Perhaps you’re like me–you seek to understand, first. God’s word (see above) tells us that’s a good practice to employ. It is wise and beneficial to get understanding–anything less could lead to more trouble or confusion. Before going off with less than a full understanding, stop and seek godly counsel, make an investment of time and attention to details. It could prove to be the best thing you ever did. Understanding leads to wisdom, and wisdom is a valuable asset for the present and future. Once you get it, you’ve got it, and that’s good…! -WordsInPrint by Suni
Closing prayer: Holy Spirit of God: Grant us wisdom, knowledge, and especially understanding. Cause us to seek them out, as we strive to walk (live) in love, let us also make choices based on an understanding of godly principles. Cause the foundation of our faith-walk to be built on the marvelous works You’ve performed in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, believing the things we ask we already have. Amen.
First published March 28, 2011 as FB Note