Daily Devotional – 9/16/14 “Get understanding!”

At bible study last night my nephew, who I thought wasn’t paying attention because he was too busy drawing on all the pages in my notebook, leaned over and asked me why wasn’t I saying anything (in the discussion that was happening). I asked him what he meant. He said, you said you believed in God so why aren’t you saying anything? Now, he’s five and I know he loves church and pays attention when preaching is going on but I just knew he wasn’t paying any attention the entire time Pastor Letcher was teaching yet he was and he wanted to know why I wasn’t saying anything. I told him I didn’t have anything to say at the moment. I asked him why he wasn’t saying anything and he said because he was scared but that still didn’t make him understand why I didn’t have anything to say because to him, I should have.

Now, I shared that to say this … Children pay attention TO EVERYTHING! His logic of thinking made him believe that because I believed in God I should have had something to say in the dialogue of conversation that was going on. Isn’t it amazing how in tune he is to the teaching of God’s word even at his age and some of us adults aren’t? Yet some of us will jump up ready to take on a position in the church but won’t sit long enough to be taught when just like in Israel, God is saying to us, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6)”. Yet Proverbs 1:7 says, “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Job 28:12 asks the question, “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? And Job 28:28 answers it by saying, “And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Will you be perfect in everything you do? No but if you are comfortable in committing sin everyday then you are already on the losing side of your battle. Fear the Lord, that’s the first step in the right direction. Then get His book so that you gain knowledge to understand for yourself because there is no better understanding than self explanation. God’s word has a way of giving you everything you need for everything you go through. You may not see it the moment you’re going through but you’ll realize it the moment you come out or after you look back on it.

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