Thursday, July 2, 2015

Proverbs 28:5 -- On Understanding

"Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things."
Proverbs 28:5

I think that this is fascinating.  I love the idea that God enlightens our minds and helps us to understand, especially with spiritual things, but it does say all, which is wildly cool. :)   Kind of like Moroni 10:5: "And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."
We probably all have things that we don't understand that we wish we did, and although I am sure that study and effort are still required, having God's help in grasping concepts or remembering important details can help us a lot.  Whether we need understanding and truth for work, school, family, or just to keep our minds sharp, God can assist us.  By the same token, when we're choosing evil and don't have God's help, we have a harder time understanding, especially with spiritual things, and apparently judgement... which could mean that when we're making evil choices we have a tendency to make other poor choices.  I have found this to be true in my life, for sure.
I think sometimes, especially when we are making bad choices, we don't want this to be true.  We want to be just as sharp and brilliant and powerful without God as we are with him, and we think it is unfair that God would be so invasive.  But that's just another way of saying that we don't like the consequences of our choices.  The scripture isn't saying that God kills brain cells and make us stupid... instead, *we* drive the spirit away through our evil choices, and the help that we get from God through his spirit is thus something we have driven away as well.  Today, let's try hard not to do that.  Let's instead go forth to seek the Lord and learn some new things with confidence, knowing that as long as we keep God's spirit with us, we have God's help enlightening our minds and helping us understand all things. :)

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