Today we meditate on the word “Understanding”.
Proverbs 24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Beautiful gems in the above Proverbs, isn’t it? If anyone knows what understanding is, it must be King Solomon who wrote most of the Book of Proverbs.
Here in this scripture contains one of the greatest principle for our success in whatever vocation we are in, especially for us believers for lasting blessings.
Notice the order (1) Wisdom (2) Understanding and (3) Knowledge. The 3 are inseparable. They are inclusive and dependable on each other.
We know wisdom simply means being wise. A wise person naturally always seem to do the right thing, make the right decision as opposed to one without wisdom.
It is no wonder that we are asked to pray and seek wisdom, which is the principle thing to desire. And we thank God that as believers we have the wisdom of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30).
Next is understanding. Having understanding is just like having an expert or scientist, always understanding the mechanics of things, how things operate and works. Such persons will succeed easily in one step and in quicker time while others may take more steps or longer and it can slow down the process, making it very costly!
How blessed we certainly are as believers compared to the world! We are Special to God because the Bible says so that we are precious in His sight.
Next and last is knowledge. This is the last of what a successful person will always have and always do because without knowledge, a person can be limited with just wisdom and understanding. It can only take that person up to a certain position and the growth stop. We know that with increase in knowledge we can understand and do things much easier and faster. If we do not make effort to increase knowledge, it can be detrimental to a business when it start to slow down, failing to make further growth, all because of the lack of knowledge. In the Bible, we are taught to be diligent in our study, not only to have more knowledge of the scriptures but also to study for increased knowledge of whatever applicable to our work. More knowledge plus the favour of God is a very good combination, isn’t it?
So it is necessary to pray daily for an increase in all 3 (Read Ephesians 1 below). Paul taught that we ought to pray ceaselessly for wisdom and revelation.
So we see how important the word understanding is for one to have and in increasing measure. All 3 are needed of course, wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
Now for today’s thought, let’s now consider Psalms 111:10
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
So fear is the key to acquire wisdom and of course “understanding”. That’s why the Bible in Psalms and Proverbs keep reminding us to walk in the fear of the Lord. In the Bible, the word “Fear” holds a different meaning. In Strong’s Dictionary, “Fear” means a moral and reverent fear of God. It has no connection at all with the word “afraid”. When we respect and honour God in our daily walk, we want to be true to His words. We want live out the words according to His ways and not the ways of this fallen world. That’s what it means to have the fear of the Lord.
As mentioned in Ephtesians 1:15-19 we need to pray daily for an increase in the measure for wisdom as well as to ask for our understanding to be “enlightened”. Here’s Ephesians 1:15-19:-
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.
Now pray to receive His wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him and for your understanding to be enlightened.