Sunday, 24 July 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: July - Gift of Understanding 2

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Louise Crossley (No.212)


I have always endeavoured to make sense of experiences. As most people do, I understand people according to their behaviour. This is where understanding may get misinterpreted.  When we attempt to understand with our mere human minds, we decide, or more harshly, judge, at the same time.
We judge self by insisting on understanding experiences and why they happened.  

We judge others by understanding that their behaviour puts them into either the good or the bad basket. 

Sometimes we even judge God by understanding that when bad things happen to good people it isn’t fair.

Psalm 139:17

While understanding when we get-off-track in life is important so we can realign, I think there is much more to this skill.

Understanding, as a gift from God, is to comprehend that while we may have all the evidence in front of us, we do not have the qualifications to interpret life fully. This means we are not qualified to understand others.
We must acknowledge that Jesus died for all our sins so the sins of others is only His business. 

We must identify that the Holy Spirit is inside all of us and we can call on Him at any time.  
We must realise that the Trinity, if we look at it with human eyes, makes no sense at all so to try to understand it that way creates doubts.  

But, in the same way as understanding is more than meets the eye, the Trinity is too, and all we need to understand is that it is our salvation.
Therefore, understanding is simply and extraordinarily the knowing that we don’t know. 

It is to trust that only God can look into our hearts and into the hearts of others.
In essence, to realise that only God knows all and to fully trust in that, is the gift of understanding.

Read the scripture slowly.  
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness.  
Pray for God's blessing upon you.