THEME: POWER OF UNDERSTANDING
Acts 8:26-31 NKJV
“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.”
-The spirit of understanding instills in us the comprehension of deep things of the Word of God and His kingdom. When the Ethiopian eunuch could not understand the text that he was reading, the Lord send Philip to break down the gospel of truth to him. Like the eunuch, we are limited by the knowledge or reality that we are taught or exposed to. Apollos had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John (Acts 18:25). Jesus in Luke 24:45, opened the minds of His disciples so they could understand the Scriptures. Let us continually ask Jesus to open the minds of our understanding, that we may know Him more and seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
Understanding is a critical component of comprehending truths in the kingdom of God. The Lord is the author of understanding. Ecclesiastes 11:5 says that, “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” Understanding is knowing God and submitting to His wisdom and strength (Jeremiah 9:23-24). Understanding is knowing when to speak, and what to say. Understanding is to holds one’s tongue and not talking uncontrollably (Proverbs 11:12). When one is angry they tend to talk especially evil words. The Bible in Ephesians 4:26 reminds us that even when we get angry we should not sin. One way we can sin is pronouncing vulgar, cursing, deceitful, oppressive and abusive words (Psalms 10:7). The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21). Understanding exercises patience but one who is quick-tempered displays folly (Proverbs 14:29). Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles (Proverbs 21:23). Understanding is keeping calm in humility and the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10). Wisdom is fruitless unless we have the spirit of understanding. Proverbs 4:7 notes that, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” God gives one the spirit of understanding as He wills. He gave king Solomon a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like him before, nor shall any like him arise afterwards (1 Kings 3:12). The fruit of peace given by the Holy Spirit of God perplexes the understanding of men and guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Understanding can be good. Good understanding leads us to gain favor from God, but the way of the unfaithful is difficult (Proverbs 13:15).
The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. May You fill us with Your Spirit of understanding and wisdom that we may serve our purposes well in Your kingdom. May You open the eyes of our understanding dear Lord Jesus in order that we may know the hope to which You have called us, the riches of Your glorious inheritance in Your holy people. May You touch our eyes afresh that we may no longer see men as trees and sources of hope, but look to You Lord, our hope of glory. May You release Your favor upon us and guide us in every decision and plan. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You make Your face to shine towards us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Daniel 9:2, Psalms 119:130