Spirit of Understanding!
“The Spirit of wisdom and understanding….the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him” (Isaiah 11:2).
While writing about the anointment of Spirit over Jesus Christ, Prophet Isaiah writes about seven kinds of perfect anointments. Today, we can receive all these anointments through Jesus Christ. Paul, the Apostle prayed for this in this way. “ (I am) making mention of you in my prayers that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:16, 17).
One among them is the ‘Spirit of understanding.’ See! Satan is bringing evil spirits which spoil our understanding capacity. While reading the Scripture, he will not allow one to feel the impact. He will not allow one to understand the in-depth meanings which the verses convey. Nothing will be noticed even though the eyes are opened. Even if the Scripture is heard, it will remain only an umcomprehendable puzzle.
See! Jesus was crossing over to Emmaus along with the disciples. Though Jesus walked along with them, they failed to realise that He was Christ. Though He elaborated the meanings of the Scripture, they did not understand and continued to walk with sad faces. Even today, though many verses are preached, the contents are not understood with concentration and neither are retained within oneself.
Jesus Christ explained this with a parable. “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. and it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it” (Mark 4:3, 4). This verse speaks about those who have hearts which lack understanding even though preached with scripture verses. “The sower sows the word and satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
Jesus said, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside” (Mathew 13:19). In the book of Revelation, when God writes to the seven churches, He instructs in the end, “He who has an ear, let him hear”. Here, “He who has an ear” means “One who understands.”
The disciples did not understand certain parables. So, they approached Jesus when He was alone, to seek an explanation. Dear children of God, even when you seek the details, God will reveal all the secrets and the hidden factors of the Scripture to you.
To meditate: “I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.I will give you the treasures of darknessand hidden riches of secret places” (Isaiah 45:2, 3).