How do we know we have gotten it right; do we even know what we are talking about? A basic flaw in the way people relate to things and how they pass it on to others, is most often, we don’t even have all the facts.
Sometimes, we’ve only heard one side of the situation; we’ve already decided the issue, before we even know what the entire issue is. Too many times, we make up our minds, by what we see; or by gossip, or just hearsay.
It may take years of growing up, to fully get it, that unless you have walked in another person’s shoes, as we say, you likely do not have a clue about their lives or what they are really going through. We can’t truly know about another country, if we’ve never been to that place. We might read and listen to what someone else has to say about it; but that’s what it is; hear-say.
We might read about people, their customs and actions; but again, it’s their account; not ours. And it’s the same way about God’s Word; we didn’t write it.
One particular definition of this word “understanding” is: the ability to learn, judge, make decisions; intelligence or sense. Some of us learned, that there was a reason why it was Luke, who wrote the Book of Acts. Why not one of the others; he wasn’t the only one who was there in person with Jesus in His ministry. What did Luke have, that the others maybe didn’t; or not as much of? He wrote, that he had a perfect understanding of all things, from the very first.
It is important to note, that even after Jesus arose from the dead, after He talked with some of them, walked with some of them, and even stood in their very midst, they didn’t understand. They were afraid, they were seeing a spirit. After all the time they spent with Him before, listening to Him teach, preach and seeing all of the miracles, they did not understand what the scriptures had said about Him. Note, Jesus then, had to open their understanding.
The real things of God, can only be discerned; by the Spirit. The understanding of how He works and how He moves, can only come from His Spirit.
We have no true understanding, without that. Since His ways are past finding out, He confuses those who think they are wise and He uses lesser people as He wills, we should not even try, to lean, on our own understanding. Unless our true hearts desire, is to explicitly follow the leading of the Holy Ghost, and let Him teach us, there is no true understanding; no witness of the Spirit.
We must pray and ask God to open our understanding, before we even open the Book. Then, the Teacher, will appear.
~ Robert Blackburn