Human efforts: Ecclesiastes 8.16-17 VOTD

“When I tried to gain wisdom
and to observe the activity on earth—
even though it prevents anyone from sleeping day or night—
then I discerned all that God has done:
No one really comprehends what happens on earth.
Despite all human efforts to discover it, no one can ever grasp it. Even if a wise person claimed that he understood,
he would not really comprehend it.”

Ecclesiastes 8.16-17

From a purely human perspective, things don’t make sense. As good as wisdom may be, man himself can’t figure it out.

What we need is God’s revelation to understand, Deut 29.29. Therein is true wisdom.

#wisdom #understanding #VOTD

This is John: Matthew 14.1-2 VOTD

“At that time Herod the tetrarch heard reports about Jesus, and he said to his servants, ‘This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead! And because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him.'”

Matthew 14.1-2

Herod had John killed. Now his guilty conscience was apparently at work. His interpretation of the reports was completely wrong.

In what ways do people today interpret wrongly the work of God? What’s the solution?

#understanding #God #VOTD

‘For judgment’ John 9.39 VOTD

“For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.”

John 9.39

Jesus’ statement is his last word to the formerly blind man whom he healed.

In what ways are people blind to Jesus?

#VOTD #understanding #Jesus

‘Flooded with light’ Eph 1.18

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.”

Ephesians 1.18 NLT

In his letters Paul usually included a prayer for spiritual blessing for his readers after the salutation.

How key is understanding to the Way of Christ and to our spiritual well-being?

#VOTD #prayer #understanding

VOTD: John 8.43 ‘Why don’t you understand?’

“Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept my teaching.”

John 8.43

To whom was Jesus speaking? Why did they not accept his teaching?

How do people fail to understand Jesus’ words today?

#understanding #VOTD #receptivity

VOTD: Nehemiah 8.12 “Enjoy tremendous joy”

“So all the people departed to eat and drink and to share their food with others and to enjoy tremendous joy, for they had gained insight in the matters that had been made known to them.”

Nehemiah 8.12

Returning to Israel, the people heard the word of God and celebrated the feast.

How does understanding God’s will contribute to our joy?

#insight, #joy, #understanding, #votd

Sometimes you have to explain it a little better

The other night I told my 4-year-old to pick up the tablet that was on the floor.

She looked at me and said, “That’s not a tablet.”

Was I wrong? Was she right? Not a chance! We just had a little misunderstanding.

You see, when I told her to pick up the tablet I was talking about that thing that consisted of a stack of papers bound together with a spine. You old people know what I’m talking about right? When my daughter heard tablet, well, because of her age and life experience, all she thinks of is an electronic piece of equipment.

The point that I want to make is that many times in life (spiritually speaking), we may take our knowledge and understanding for granted when we mention things like church, baptism, sin, being saved, and what righteousness is all about.

Remember, there are a lot of people out there who think Christ is Jesus’ last name!

This is why I had a teacher tell me one time that, while teaching and preaching, I should never underestimate the ignorance of the listening audience. It’s a lesson worth remembering for all of us.

So the next time you mention a biblical principle to someone and they make a weird look with their face – they may not disagree with you; they just may not understand what you’re talking about.

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.” (Acts 8:30-31)

#bible-ignorance, #bible-knowledge, #spiritual-illustrations, #teaching, #understanding