Seek Understanding

The wise take pleasure in understanding. Fools only find pleasure in expressing personal opinion. Proverbs 8:2 paraphrased

MP900439399[1] One of the most common questions I hear as a teacher is, “Do we have to know this for the test?” That tells me students think that there are two different kinds of knowledge, the kind you need, and the kind you don’t.

I know from my own experience as a student that there were facts I had to know, and facts I didn’t really need to remember. But I soon discovered that many of the facts I didn’t need to know for tests were still important. Those kinds of facts helped give me a better grasp of the topic, and deepened my understanding of the material. So I often ended up studying them anyway. In the end, that turned out to be a pretty good strategy.

Thankfully there are no written exams for Jesus’ followers. But we are all still trying to learn. We are trying grow in our knowledge and understanding. In fact, growing on our faith is one of the great pleasures in our lives.

But we aren’t alone in our striving to know more. Even the first disciples asked questions. They knew that everything they saw Jesus do and heard him say was important. Not once did they ask, “Do we need to know this?”

I think it is safe to say that true seekers seek understanding. Of course not everyone wants more knowledge or understanding, especially when it comes to the things of God. The writer of Proverbs calls those individuals fools. Their opinion is their truth, and expressing it whenever they can and wherever they can is their joy.

Let’s make our prayer that God will continue to instruct us and deepen our understanding. Let’s take time to explore the Scriptures and open our minds to the truth revealing work of the Holy Spirit. The more we deepen our understanding, the more pleasure we will find, and the stronger our faith will be!


Seek Understanding and leave opinion behind!

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