This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad. Every day there are changes taking place all the time, but for the child of God, those changes cannot penetrate us because we are anchored in the Word of God. II Timothy 1:12 “…For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” Paul said, “For I know—” not merely hoping. The Lord is able to keep us and take care of us at all times. I want to talk about knowledge and understanding. We can only act on what we know, and knowledge is power; it is the key to being anchored in the Lord.
Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no more priest to me…” And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure (Isaiah 33:6). Knowledge is what we acquire in the process of learning; it is the sum of what has been perceived or learned. It is acquired through the use of the mind in learning. As I stated earlier, knowledge is power, it has the ability to set people free. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).
The mind is the principal tool in the learning process. It is able to acquire and store information, making it available for use when it is required. Knowledge is limited to what you see, touch, smell and feel. When we put our mind to maximum use, it will invigorate and revitalize our body. Every divine deposit multiplies with use as in the case of the talents. Matthew 25:14-30: The Lord gave five talents, and the servant gained five more; likewise with the one He gave the two, but with the one He gave one, he did absolutely nothing, and nothing was gained.
We are taught to pray Ephesians 1:17-18, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” Understanding is another function of the mind. It is a step forward in the school of knowledge. Whereas knowledge gets the information across, understanding unravels the things behind it. For instance, the go near and join himself to the chariot, v29; v30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? V31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. Many good things happened after he was taught. Read the whole story.
Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of the transgressors is hard (Proverbs 13:15). Understanding is a well spring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly (Proverbs 16:22). Our depth of understanding determines how outstanding we will become in life. Understanding goes further; it helps us tap into the benefits of knowledge.
Isaiah 11:3: “…And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord.”
Finally, meditation is what processes knowledge into understanding. Psalm 119: 97-98: O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. In conclusion, Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding.” Please, let us hear with listening ears, and stay in the school of the Bible. God bless you.
Elder Carolyn Prescod