What comes to your mind when you hear the word understanding? There are several definitions for the word but my interest is in the following definitions:
Understanding – Having insight or good judgement.
Understanding – Mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature.
Understanding – Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
One can not adequately address an issue or solve a problem without first understanding the problem. Wisdom is the principal thing but wisdom without understanding is folly…
Proverbs 4:7 says “Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding.” (KJV)
I like to think of understanding as the starter pack for all or any getting you have|will ever have. Be it a job, education, tool/equipment, finance, relationship, marriage or game, understanding is key! Without it, you cannot go far. Understanding is key to right application of any wisdom or knowledge you have whatsoever.
If you want to lead anywhere or anyone, get understanding. Concerning the children of Issachar, the Bible says that “they were men that had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred and all their brethren were at their commandment.” (1 Chronicles 12:32; KJV)
Numerically, the children of Issachar were the least of all their brethren but because of their understanding of the times, all their brethren were at their commandment. He that has understanding is the leader of his brethren.
Understanding tells you what to do, when and how. It makes you a natural leader. Have you ever wondered why people rally around the intelligent ones during exams? It is because they have an understanding of the subject matter.
Still wondering why you need understanding?
1. Understanding sets you apart from your colleagues – Daniel 1:17-20
2. Understanding sets you free from any form of handicap – spiritual, physical, financial and otherwise.
3. Understanding gives you focus – if you do not understand where you are going, you will waste time in the wrong direction.
4. Understanding helps you handle your assignment – If you do not understand the instructions for your assignment, chances are that you will spend time and resources doing the wrong thing.
5. Understanding helps you plan and manage your time effectively – Ecclesiastics 3:1! There is a time for everything under the sun, understanding this will help you avoid procrastination and leave nothing to chance.
6. Understanding helps you relate better with God and man.
7. Understanding is primary and should not be treated as secondary – Imagine the impact of understanding an exam question after you’ve written the exam and submitted your paper. Understanding at that point is too late.
In conclusion for today’s Monday e-Boost, to get understanding, you need to seek God’s face and study His Word – Psalm 119:130, Proverbs 3:5.
Choose understanding in the days of this year; it is key to your progress and success in life.
Wishing you a Blessed and Understanding-filled week.