Understanding is a Power Word

By Michael Reynolds
Chapel Hill Recovery Ministry

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not into thine own understanding.

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you walked away feeling they did not understand what you were saying? Have you ever been asked if you understand and due to not knowing or to being embarrassed to admit you really didn't get it, you simply said, "Yes, I understand."?

Have you ever been misleading or misled? In Matthew 5:37 the Gospel says to simply let your yes be yes and your no be no. Not sure why, but humans at times say yes when they should have said no, or said no and should have said yes. Have you ever really looked at and studied on the word understanding?

Fact is, that word understand, has a very big impact on every day life. The word love like some other words we use has a double or triple meaning. To tell a friend you love them is not the same as telling your mate that you love them. To love a good steak dinner is not the same as loving your pet. Our understanding of things, even of the concept, is equally layered.


Have you ever bought something new that had to be assembled and did not look at the instructions till you have pulled all your hair out and used some not so nice words? Understanding ourselves, our world relies on the word of God. We must read, study and share. It is important to get it in the right order to fully comprehend (and understand) our statements and actions within ourselves, so we can be confident what we share is not misleading. And not just with Godly things, yet in all things we must seek understanding. We can not keep mixing red clothes in with the white ones during the wash and wonder why the white becomes pink.

I did a small survey and asked 5 different people to tell me the most powerful three words they use as their inspiration to live. Everyone said love is a big impact word. I also got honor, respect, the list was short, yet no one used the word understanding as a power word. 

God wants you to seek understanding above all else. 

As a child I would ask Mom if I could do this or go there, her go to word was "No." So, I'd go ask Daddy. He would say "Yes" and before long both of them were unhappy. I knew it would cause problems, but all I cared about was getting what I wanted. I did not understand hurting feelings, I just understood what I wanted.


Approach Bible study and Sunday school lessons with the intention to seek understanding about yourself, God and life.  Find your certainty. Let your yes be yes, your no be no and understand the difference.