QUESTION #2: WHERE IS YOUR UNDERSTANDING LIMITED?
In general, we human types are finite minded. God is infinite minded. To be finite minded limits us. Such thinking boxes us in and satisfies us with limited understanding. To become infinite minded refers to a sense of having limitless or endless hunger for understanding. An infinite minded person has understanding that seems impossible to measure or calculate. The infinite minded become life-long learners. They know that: Wisdom + Revelation = Understanding.
Understanding is to be sought. Jesus learned obedience from what He suffered. Paul learned to be content. We are told to come to Jesus, take His yoke (calling) upon us and learn of Him. God wants to work through us to make a difference in people’s lives. But don’t miss understanding that He sees us as seed in need of being planted. Check out what Jesus said in John 12:24:
Let me make this clear. A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat – all because one grain died. (PBT)
God is not random, He is strategic! He works within the framework of what I call a kingdom dialogue. His perspective is infinite. His mercy is infinite, as is His love, peace and joy. He wants us to seek Him beyond the limitations of our comfort zone. God is not interested in our multiple-choice questions. He wants us to hunger for understanding relevant to where He’s planting us now; not necessarily relevant to where we have already been. He wants a blank slate to work with. Therefore, we must embrace what Jesus said in Mark 4:24-25
Be diligent to understand the meaning behind everything you hear, for as you do, more understanding will be given to you. And according to the depth of your longing to understand, much more will be added to you. For those who listen with open hearts will receive more revelation. But those who don’t listen with open hearts will lose what little they think they have! (PBT)
God is more into fixing us, than into fixing our situation or circumstance. Yet, we typically look for life’s test answers rather than seeking to understand why His answers are the answers. Breakthroughs often come on the heels of something that has died! Often our understanding is limited because we hold on to yesterday’s antiquated answers. We chew on outdated information rather than seeking fresh input. We settle. Settling is limiting.
God sees us as a seed to be planted for His Kingdom’s benefit. Only the Holy Spirit and the Word of God can take us where we need to grow. An unplanted seed is nothing more than constrained potential. We must be planted. Understanding comes from a deeper place than our preferences. We lean to our own understanding to our own demise. Lean to His. Understand?