Its funny how in our culture it's easy to say you understand something simply because you've heard about it a lot or been around it a lot. It can be easy to think we are almost experts at something just because we have a good amount of knowledge about it, or we have done things that have to do with it our whole life.
Its funny how in our culture it's easy to say you understand something simply because you've heard about it a lot or been around it a lot. It can be easy to think we are almost experts at something just because we have a good amount of knowledge about it, or we have done things that have to do with it our whole life. Simply having an understanding of something or someone doesn't mean you understand correctly or completely understand. The amazing thing about understanding is there is always more to pursue, more to receive and more to teach. It is not wrong to misunderstand, nor is it wrong to be ignorant, but it is wrong to know you have misunderstood and still hold onto the faulty understanding, and realize your ignorant and not pursue understanding. To realize your understanding of something has been based in ignorance, and to hold onto that ignorance while not pursuing truth, is deception.
In our school systems there are millions of different kids, with a large variety of different understandings. We as people can choose to be three different types of person when listening and perceiving - we can be like a leaf, blown around and being led by whatever other people are saying. We can be like a rock, unmoved by peoples opinions but all the while hard and closed off to gaining understanding, or we can simply be human. To be human is to be someone who will listen, hear, think, feel, and process what their perceiving or hearing. We were created to be unmoved by the light passing breeze of peoples opinion, but still available to feel and process what exactly they're saying and meaning. I encourage you as you read this blog to not be like a leaf. Don't believe the lie that your thoughts don't matter and that you should just go with whatever you hear. But also, don't be a rock. Don't be closed off to what I write, do not hide behind the hard shell of being familiar with what I'm writing, nor behind the hard shell of being skeptical. Be human! Process what you read, let your heart feel what is being said, and let the life that is in these words build you up as a person.
Growing up as a pastors son it was easy for me to read my bible, know the bible, and talk about the bible. Conversations about God were common in our home and it greatly impacted me. As I got older I felt a call from God into missions, and with that in mind I attended a Bible School. I remember I could pray really "pretty prayers", I could quote a lot of scripture, tell anyone about Jesus, and preach at anytime and any place. It really seemed on the outside that I understood God. I would often pray for God to show me who He is, and He would! It was truly amazing! As He showed me many things about Himself I began to quickly realize He has been very misunderstood by us who serve Him. This isn't because He has made it complicated to understand Him, but because the majority of us have tried to fit God into our understanding of the bible or see God through our understanding of life, instead of letting Him give us His understanding as a Father.
As a kid and even as I became an adult I was never good at just sitting and taking notes, I loved processing things in my head or doing the work in my head. However, with God I always felt this need to show Him my work, or try and "write things out" to show Him I knew what I needed to know. He has gently shown me that understanding Him is not found in me figuring anything out or accomplishing anything, but rather its given. A blank canvas reflects no understanding of the artist, but when painted everyone can look at the understanding the artist had because it is all over the canvas. That canvas has done nothing to be painted on, in fact it has not shown itself as one who has earned, or one who knows enough to bear that understanding. The reason that canvas now bears the understanding the artist had to show is because its been chosen. God GIVES His understanding to those who simply accept being chosen, and give themselves to being chosen and "painted on". God ask us not to lean or hold onto our own understanding and opinions because He wants us to take His and know Him in all our ways. The source of understanding is not google, the bible, or anything else that feeds you information. True understanding is given by Jesus, and comes from Jesus through His Spirit. I like to think of it this way...
God the Father is the painter, The Holy Spirit is the brush, Jesus is the paint, and I am the canvas. Understanding God is as simple as being available and showing yourself available. You were made as a blank canvas, what are you allowing to paint on you? God will and wants to use many things to give you His understanding, and when we receive Gods understanding we understand God.
There are some who have received understanding from places other than God. He is asking that you don't lean on that, but you simply trust Him to come and know you, and GIVE you His understanding. There are others who have allowed God to give them His understanding in the past, but have been leaning on what He gave, instead of Him.
As we go about our every day lives, hearing this, or reading that, may we not shrink to be like the leaf, tossed back and forth. Or like the rock, hardened to that which is around us. Let us be human, let us be that which bears the image God paints on us. Go and rejoice in knowing that you can understand who God is and not leave Him MISUNDERSTOOD!
Part II of "Misunderstood" will be published soon, so keep an eye out!
" Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and He will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with Him in whatever you do, and He will lead you wherever you go. Don't think for a moment you know it all." Proverbs 3:5-6
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