God can help you understand His Word
So many times I have heard the expression- “I’ve tried to read the Bible, but it seems so hard to understand.”
The first step to understanding God and His Word is to know that he understands us, and knows all about us. Read Psalms 139:1-24. Take notice of verse one, “O Lord, you have searched me, and known me.” And verse 17- “How precious also are your thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”
Understanding is knowledge made intimate and personal. The Bible emphasizes that not only can we know spiritual truth as facts and doctrine, but we can come to understanding- an intimate and personal knowledge of Christ, which leads to transformed living. When we make up our minds to have a personal relationship with Christ, then He will help us understand His Word. Understanding and wisdom come when are relentless in our pursuit of truth and study of God’s Word.
“Come here and listen to me! I’ll pour out the Spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise” Proverbs 1:23, NLT.
My son, if you will receive My Words and hide my Commandments with you; So that you incline your ear unto wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yea, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice to understanding- - Then shall you understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God, Proverbs 2:1-6.
Most of us want spiritual understanding, but we aren’t willing to pursue it any further than listening to a few sermons or rushing through ten minutes of Bible reading. Often our failure to understand God’s Word is due to our willingness to invest time and energy in persistent, serious Bible study and prayer. If you really want to understand Scripture, consider following a focused and systematic plan of study. And make a commitment to apply to your daily life whatever truth you learn. When God sees that we are serious about pursuing truth and wisdom, he opens our minds to understand some of the magnificent mysteries of the spiritual life. God desires for us to store his commandments in our hearts that we can have a long and satisfying life, Proverbs 3:1,2.
In Proverbs chapter one we have the foundation laid for true prosperity and life which is wisdom. This wisdom is the Word of God.
Chapter two tells us how to receive such.
Chapter three now tells us that when prosperity (wisdom) comes, we must not forget where it came from- “forget not my law”.
Matthew 13 explains the parable of the sower- In this parable of scattering the seed; Jesus pointed out the difference between hearing the word and understanding it. A bountiful harvest comes when the planting, fertilizing, and watering has been effective.
God’s word is effective when it takes root in our hearts and understanding, and our lives bear good fruit.
In John 15:1-16 Jesus taught that He is the vine- we are the branches. A branch cannot produce fruit it if is served from the vine. Our lives bear good fruit only when we stay connected to the source of growth.
We can only bear fruit when the word takes root in our hearts and we receive wisdom and understanding from that word.
Christians are expected to be productive so they don’t become burdens to others and bad examples to the world. For God will bring every deed into judgment.
Can you think of anything in your life that is hindering God’s Word from taking root in you?
From my heart.