April 13, 2010

Blessed to Understand

Written by Boyd Bailey

Blessed To Understand… “But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” Matthew 13:16

Christ enters the life of a Christian at conversion. There is a Divine exchange that takes place that provides discernment and direction for the disciple. Because Jesus lives in me, I am able to learn and apply His ways. His Holy Spirit shows me His will through the eyes of my soul. Indeed, I hear His loving voice as I listen intently for His truth to me.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

As a child of God, how do we know if the voice we hear is the voice of God? This is a fair question that brings us back to faith in the Lord to lead us in His path. As we grow in our understanding of Him, we better understand what He says in His Word. Like a child who trusts a parent that is consistent in their character, so we freely follow what He says. Our Savior is selective and sensitive in what He says to us, but He expects us to follow Him.

What is Jesus seeking to show you or trying to tell you? You will be blessed to understand by taking the time to know Him and His ways. Confusion comes from complex circumstances, but when you slow down and take a step back clarity comes back. The Almighty gets your attention for your head and heart to focus on Him.

Look around and see the Lord’s order in His handiwork, like the structure of seasons and the cycle of life and death. His words are painted on the canvas of His creation for you to read with awe and appreciation. But you have to look and listen to understand. His sunshine says I will warm you with My love. His rain says I will refresh your thirsty soul. His wind says I will cool your tired body. His moon shines hope onto our darkest days. You are blessed to understand when you seek to understand. So: look, listen and learn.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

What is the Lord trying to show me and tell me? Am I looking and listening by faith?

Related Readings: Isaiah 32:3; Proverbs 20:12; John 14:22

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