Understanding God’s Word

February 15, 2013 | Tags: ,

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Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

Luke 24:45

Do you sometimes read God’s Word and feel a sense of frustration that you can’t understand it? You are not alone. Even the best theologians and exegetes cannot understand or explain the Bible without the Holy Spirit opening their minds to do so. We are not in control of our own understanding–God is. Look at what Luke 24:45 says. “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” The Holy Spirit’s role is to interpret and apply the Word to us personally.

I remember one time specifically where I was teaching a passage about the prophet Elisha in 2 Kings. God led me to teach the passage, but I had no idea what the opening part of the passage was saying. I read and re-read, and I just didn’t understand it. It didn’t click. Then later, right as I was wrapping up the preparation for the lesson, I read the beginning again, and all of a sudden it clicked! I got what it said! That’s because the Holy Spirit opened my mind to understand it. I could have read that portion 100 times and still not understood it. It had nothing to do with me, it had to do with God selecting the time for my understanding. Remarkable!

It is always a good habit to pray before you open God’s Word. Ask Him to open your mind and heart to understand and apply what you are reading. Don’t just start reading without prayer. God’s Word is a precious source of life, truth and wisdom. Our inherent sin-nature makes it impossible to understand without Him coming along side us to explain it. So begin each Bible reading session with prayer. God answers prayer and He will give you insight into His Word. And it’s always at the perfect time that you need it. God shows His glory and power when He does this for us!

By Courtney Silberman

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