Luke 24:45 “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”
I have often tried to understand some of the people in the Bible. It seemingly looked like an easy decision from my perspective, but yet they just didn’t get it. Take the disciples for instance.
Here they were in the presence of the Son of God, and yet they were totally blind to much of what it was He was trying to tell them. It seems they totally missed it!
Then, as I read the account after the resurrection, this stood out at me – “Then opened he their understanding...”
They did not possess what was needed to comprehend the situation in which they had found themselves. You and I are similarly instructed by the Word of God to get wisdom and understanding.
Proverbs 4:5 “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.”
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Proverbs 16:16 “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”
God’s provision for what we lack has always been provided. Most often, all we need to do is ask.
James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Lack wisdom? Ask… But God tells us how to ask…
James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
I only have my life experiences to draw from and many who read do not have the same instruction, the same group of believers, the same pastor as I do. But there are some things common.
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and prayer have been given to every child of God. Often, it is not the commentary, book or message that brings truth to my heart; it is the precious Spirit that tells me what it is I need to do, where to go, and what to say.
So, my enemy need not be so intensely present to hinder me. All that is needed is a distraction; a diversion of my train of thought and then… the moment is gone; my memory faded and that which was once important gets washed away with the unimportant, everyday, mundane routine and I go on unaffected for Christ.
Even when writing to you, I must beware of those things that stop the train of thought God would give me. Phone off or on silent. Emails stopped. Doors closed. Music off. I want to give my heart and my mind every opportunity to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice when reading the Word of God and in prayer.
So often, because we fail at the most simplest of requests, we do not see the real need of our heart.
“Father, keep me in your truth. Teach me. Guide me. Help me to hear the Spirit’s voice and silence all others – including my own!” “Help me to see as You would have me see. Guide me to think and meditate on that which You give me today.” “And may You be glorified in all that I think, say and do today!”