October 4, 2014

Limited Understanding

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 4, 2014

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. John 16:12

The Holy Spirit holds back understanding until a disciple’s maturity can handle its ramifications. Too much information can confuse. Thus, through a tender process of gradual illumination, the Spirit of God shows sincere Jesus followers what they need to know, when they need to know. This is why infant faith does not have the capacity to comprehend like seasoned faith. The Lord gives discernment to those He can trust. For example, a 10-year-old is not prepared to drive a car. Physically and emotionally they are not ready, nor have they practiced and applied their motor skills behind two tons of steel. It is deadly for them and others to give a child a car.

Thus, we are at the mercy of our master Jesus to give us what we need in His timing. We can sulk in impatience, or we can serve in anticipation. Preparation precedes illumination. Furthermore, be a patient teacher in your relationships; don’t overwhelm them with so much information and responsibility that they give up. The wise wait to share wisdom until another is ready to receive wisdom. Understanding comes to those who remain faithful to the learning process.

“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready” (1 Corinthians 3:2).

Prayer: Father, help me prepare patiently in anticipation of Your illumination.

Related Readings: Psalm 85:13; Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; 1 John 2:27

Taken from the October 4th reading in our new book, The Way of Wisdom: A Journey Towards Spiritual Growth, released October 1st! Order your copy today.

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