People with the deepest understanding are often the most misunderstood.
John 4:31-32 – In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
Speaking purely from an anecdotal perspective, in my current 68 years of living, I have witnessed that the people most often misunderstood are those who walk in the deepest levels of understanding, especially towards people who so desperately need to be understood and loved. By that same experience, I have seen that it is far easier to love someone you understand than it is to love someone you do NOT understand. I am personally convinced that one of greatest reasons for manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit is to serve as preservation of the fruit of the spirit, “against which there is no law.” As it relates to wisdom and understanding, allow me to illustrate. As long as I have the wisdom to understand someone, I hold within my heart the capacity to love them. But if my understanding for why someone says or does what they say or do is eliminated, my personal capacity to love them with the love of the Lord is diminished. Note, I did NOT say the Lord’s love is diminished, but that my personal capacity to exercise that love toward the misunderstood person is diminished. But before the Lord will allow His love in my heart to be brought to fruitlessness in my life, He will, by His Spirit, manifest the gift of the word of wisdom for the purpose of sustaining the fruit of the spirit, love. Keep in mind that the Scriptures clearly state that a person shall be known by their fruit, NOT by their gifts.
More often than not, misunderstanding is a choice made by someone who CHOOSES to NOT understand. Understanding another person, especially when their speech, action, or thinking is diametrically opposed to our own, requires work; hard work. It is not something that comes naturally, but in fact, may require the supernatural help of our Lord. Jesus knew this, and demonstrated that knowing so well in His encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in Samaria. There we see a powerful manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit in that encounter, and it was that manifestation that enabled Jesus to move into a realm of supernatural ministry that led to a powerful witness to an entire city and its citizenry. May we all recognize our need for the same, and the great willingness of the Lord to give such manifestations that will turn to glory and honor for the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Manna for Today – John 4:1-38; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Matthew 7:16-20