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Not Your Understanding

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Proverbs 3:5–6

Proverbs 3:5–6 NLT
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
God-given perception of the nature and meaning of things, resulting in sound judgment and decision-making; in particular the ability to discern spiritual truth and to apply it to human disposition and conduct.
The source of understanding
Understanding belongs to God
Job 12:13 NLT
13 “But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.
Psalm 147:5 NLT
5 How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!
Jeremiah 51:15 NLT
15 The Lord made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding he stretched out the heavens.
Understanding is a gift from God
Proverbs 2:6 NLT
6 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Isaiah 29:24 NLT
24 Then the wayward will gain understanding, and complainers will accept instruction.
Romans 15:21 NLT
21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, “Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.”
Understanding spiritual truth
Understanding truth about God
1 John 5:20 NLT
20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
Proverbs 2:5 NLT
5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.
Proverbs 9:10 NLT
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
Isaiah 40:21 NLT
21 Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand? Are you deaf to the words of God— the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant?
Romans 1:20 NLT
20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Understanding God’s purposes
Deuteronomy 9:6 NLT
6 You must recognize that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land because you are good, for you are not—you are a stubborn people.
Job 34:10–11 NLT
10 “Listen to me, you who have understanding. Everyone knows that God doesn’t sin! The Almighty can do no wrong. 11 He repays people according to their deeds. He treats people as they deserve.
Jeremiah 9:12–13 NLT
12 Who is wise enough to understand all this? Who has been instructed by the Lord and can explain it to others? Why has the land been so ruined that no one dares to travel through it? 13 The Lord replies, “This has happened because my people have abandoned my instructions; they have refused to obey what I said.
God’s purpose in bringing judgment:
Jeremiah 23:20 NLT
20 The anger of the Lord will not diminish until it has finished all he has planned. In the days to come you will understand all this very clearly.
Jeremiah 30:24 NLT
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not diminish until it has finished all he has planned. In the days to come you will understand all this.
God’s will regarding his people:
Ephesians 5:17 NLT
17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Colossians 1:9 NLT
9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Understanding God’s word
Psalm 119:73 NLT
73 You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.
Luke 24:45 NLT
45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
Luke 24:27 NLT
27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
John 12:16 NLT
16 His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
Understanding Jesus teaching
Matthew 13:11–12
Matthew 13:11–12 NLT
11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.
John 2:22 NLT
22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.
Understanding God’s salvation
Ephesians 1:18 NLT
18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
Romans 13:11 NLT
11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
Human understanding is limited
Proverbs 3:5 NLT
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Isaiah 55:8–9 NKJV
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT
12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Gaining understanding
Through faith
Hebrews 11:3 NLT
3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
Through God’s Spirit
1 Corinthians 2:12
1 Corinthians 2:12 NLT
12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
1 Corinthians 2:14 NLT
14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.
Through God’s word
Psalm 119:130 NLT
130 The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.
John 20:9 NLT
9 for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead.
In Conclusion:
The results of understanding
Seeking God
Psalm 14:2 NLT
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.
Psalm 53:2 NLT
2 God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.
The results of a lack of understanding
Foolish behavior
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