When You Don’t Understand

When You Don’t Understand


Two of the most familiar verses in God’s Word are Proverbs 3:5-6 which read:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

When you don’t understand something that is happening in your life these words can be very encouraging. Oftentimes they can help us bring a new perspective to the stuff life brings. But sometimes the words in and of themselves aren’t quite enough. Oh, how nice it would be if quoting Bible verses solves all the woes of the word! But I digress 🙂

God’s Word is powerful, no doubt. We should heed it’s encouragements and divine insights. But we should also consider all that is happening so that we can best apply God’s Word to the situation.

Here are a few thoughts related to this idea:

When You Don’t Understand | Maybe It’s You

Although we hate to believe it, accept it, or admit it; sometimes we are the problem. I know it’s a crazy thought but some crazy stuff is true. Are you just being a problem child? Not being forgiving Hard-headed? Selfish? A block head? I realize that it takes real honesty and depth of consideration to deal with the idea that YOU just may be the problem. Time for some real integrity.

It may be true, just maybe, that you don’t understand what’s happening because you are not looking at that which will give you the undestanding. Yes, it is hard. But honesty, and Christian faith, dictates that you take a good look inside. Maybe, just maybe, you are just a tad responsible.

When You Don’t Understand | Maybe It’s the Situation


Of course it isn’t you, right? So it must be the situation OR the other block heads involved in it. Yeah, that’s the ticket. All kidding aside it just may be the situation that you don’t understand. So if that is true then work on understanding it. Ask these questions:

  • Who/What is the situation about?
  • Are the people involved really trying to be block heads? Not likely.
  • Has there been a simple miscommunication that needs to be clarified? Probably.
  • Can sitting down with the people involved for a few minutes solve the issue? YES!
  • Will taking a deep breath and getting your emotions in check help? Hmmm.
Lean not on your own understanding. Pray for wisdom and guidance then ask the questions above.


When You Don’t Understand | Maybe It’s Both

Most confusion involves more than one entity. When you don’t understand something perhaps it is a combination of both you and the situation. Maybe there are block heads on both sides of the fence. This is likely true. As they say, “It’s take two to tango.”

Since this is likely the case then realize that there is no real need to be confused or in that “I just don’t get it” state. Simply consider your fault/responsibility in the chaos and then seek to get clarity from the other side. It seems so easy, right?

Go for it!

When You Don’t Understand | Maybe You Need to Sing

So often Christian people get in a less-than-positive situation (like being confused) and they run around asking everyone to pray and ask God to “fix” it. That’s not always a bad thing to do. But considering James 1: 2-4 may bring a different approach to mind:

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

I think these verses are God’s way of saying, “Hey, I know it’s tough for you right now BUT I have you right where I want you.” Just maybe you are in the confusing situation because God wants to teach you something. I mean, seriously, if God always fixed everything how could we ever learn anything OR gain any strength?

Why not just pray and ask God to show you why you are in the situation. I think He will. Then you will want to sing. Right?

I trust these words have been a blessing,

Tony Guthrie

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