What does it mean to understand?
The dictionary has many definitions, the bible has many definitions. But what does it really mean. Why should we understand if we do not know what it means.
The power of of comprehension. The belief of something to be real. To show a sympathetic or tolerant attitude towards something. To accept as a fact, or at least, to see as plausible.
My favorite definitions of understanding, is to grasp the meaning of. Or to have knowledge or background of a particular subject.
But what does it all mean. How do we even begin to understand. It hits several areas, if not all areas of our lives. I wish I could understand people better. I want the ability to understand what is going on in the lives of the people around me. Understand what they are all going through. Most events and situations in life we may never fully understand. But the definitions in both the bible and the dictionary leave me to believe we are capable of understanding anything; simply by increasing our knowledge in that area.
Learning new things, creating new thoughts or actions. Putting actual thought into what we hear, not only in what we think we see. Step back and accept the things we can not understand, but still pursue the knowledge behind moving forward. Pray for the things we do not understand instead of jumping to conclusions without a thought. Hold our peace, even if we can not, (well you know, UNDERSTAND).
Unique Advice for Today: Do not worry too much about the things we do not understand. But pursue with prayer, knowledge and good judgment towards those areas.
For the next couple of weeks I would like to shed more light on this topic. I feel some people miss the point. Or miss something important, simply by not understanding. August Will be our month of Understanding. Lets bring it into awareness.
Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, Proverbs 2:11 NKJV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5 NKJV
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,
But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. Proverbs 10:13 NKJV
When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” Matthew 15:10-11 NKJV
Wisdom is with aged men,
And with length of days, understanding Job 12:12 NKJV