"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
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T - Truth
R - Righteousness
U - Understanding
S - Surrender
T - Timing
Today we focus on UNDERSTANDING.
Knowledge is the accumulation of facts and information. Understanding is being able to get meaning from the facts. Wisdom is knowing how to apply the knowledge. Why is understanding important? To understand is to extract the meaning out of the information. It is like a lens that brings the facts into clear focus.
As a library teacher, my primary goal was to share the knowledge I had learned to students and other staff members. I was able to help them see the "facts" with clarity in order to use the knowledge. I taught them how to extract the information for more practical reasons. Thus they were able to gain understanding from the knowledge imparted to them.
What does understanding mean from a biblical perspective? Let's look at it from a Hebrew perspective. The Hebrew word for understanding is "Binah." The word binah comes from the Hebrew word for "between" and implies the ability to distinguish the real from the unreal, the true from the false. So understanding comes from "rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15), since it is in the Scriptures that we are given the "knowledge of the Holy One" (2 Tim. 3:16).
Can you have knowledge without understanding? Have you ever read a paragraph, but at the end had no idea what you had just read? Somewhere in your brain, you had gained knowledge, but the understanding was not there. The Lord wants us to "know" Him in a deep and intimate way. He wants us to have more of relationship with Him that involves not just the head, but primarily the heart. When we have understanding of His love for us, we are then able to impart that knowledge and understanding to others, using the wisdom that comes from Him.
Here are a few scriptures to help you get started in UNDERSTANDING how much God loves you:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right. (I Kings 3:11)
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.(Psalm 119:130)
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all understanding, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, (Philippians 1:9-10)