Pulpit Reflections: Who really does have understanding?

When I was going through high school I remember always wanting to be the smartest in my class, but it just never happened.  No matter how hard I tried, someone else did better them me.  Of Course it was always the kids who didn't study at all, while I had studied tirelessly to get a good grade.  This is what we call book smart, but those who have the most book smarts or the most college degrees do not necessary have the most understanding.  In fact I have, at times, found that to be just the opposite.  (I will explain later). 

In the Old Testament Book of Daniel, it tells us about four young men who where taken captive from the land of Judah to the Kingdom of Babylon.  These young men stood out above all others in every challenge that they faced.  Daniel chapter 1:17 says �To these four men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.  And Daniel could understand all kinds of visions and dreams.�  These men were very educated, just like all the other young men that would have been in the King's Palace.  But what caused them to stand out above the rest?  It was the fact that God had given them this knowledge and understanding. 

There is a kind of knowledge that only God can give to a person.  It can't be learned  at schools, through books, or from experience, it only comes from God.  In the New Testament book of 2 Timothy Chapter 3 it describes the Godlessness that will abound in the last days.  Verse 7 say they are �always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.�  It doesn't matter how many degrees you have, how many books you have read, without God's understanding you will never be able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  What good is all thinking and philosophy if it does not lead to true understanding. 

Proverbs chapter 2:1-6 says �My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Since I made a commitment to trust Jesus Christ as my personal savior and to follow him with my whole heart, I have found these words to be true.  I seek God daily to hear from him and what he is saying.  The Holy Spirit reveals deep truths that are hidden from the mind of the average person whose heart and mind have not been awakened by the Holy Spirit.  Although my intelligence hasn't changed much, I find myself having greater understanding about peoples lives, greater discernment into what is going on behind current world events, greater insights into how to impact my world with the love of Jesus Christ.  Now I am not bothered by people who are smarter then me, because I know the one who gives all understanding.  I don't have to know everything as long as I know the one who does.

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