If you have understanding, which comes from knowing the Lord, then you will be blessed and you will be a blessing to those who you are around.
Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding produces favor,
But the way of the treacherous is hard.
When you have understanding you will receive favor with others. A lack of understanding will make life hard for you. If you are married then a lack of understanding will make life harder for your spouse and your children.
Proverbs 14:6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
Knowledge is power, according to God’s Word, and the more knowledge you have in life the more power you have and it will decrease any feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. Knowledge is easy to one who has understanding. This is one very important reason why children should be taught the knowledge of the Lord so that they might receive understanding so that their schooling in life will be a joy and not a constant hardship.
Proverbs 14:29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.
Do you ever struggle with anger issues? It is a symptom of a lack of understanding.
Proverbs 14:33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding,
But in the hearts of fools it is made known.
This verse about wisdom resting in the heart of one who has understanding is interesting. The person with wisdom and understanding will be at peace within their heart. The one who does not have wisdom and understanding will “feel” within their heart the pain and sorrow of their lack of wisdom. Their heart will be broken but it will be because of their poor choices. their poor choices are because they did not know what to do and acted according to their “own” understanding.
Proverbs 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools die for lack of understanding.
Finally, the fool who lacks understanding will bring about his own death. Before he dies physically, his soul will have already died. Often, if he is married, his marriage will die. How many people get married but the love dies and it is only two people existing together? It is because of a lack of understanding. The fool brings destruction to himself and eventually death, because he chose to not seek God and receive understanding. He chose to go his own way.
Proverbs 19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
Understanding is interesting because you can lose it. If you turn from the Lord then you will wander from the way of understanding and soon even doubt whether there is a God and doubt if He loves you. These doubts come from neglecting your relationship with the Lord and/or backsliding from the what you were taught earlier in life.
Proverbs 21:16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
Return to the Lord and you will receive understanding live once again. Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit on your life if you have strayed from Him or to give you His Holy Spirit if you have not yet surrendered to Jesus Christ.
Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
He is the Spirit of understanding.
Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
When you have Jesus Christ then you have wisdom and understanding. You will also have counsel, strength, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. When you have Jesus Christ in your life then you will truly understand and know God for He alone is God and His Holy Spirit will live within your heart.