We are exploring the twelve powers that are contained within the Christ – the presence of God within each one of us. The names of these powers are all familiar to us, but the meaning of each name may be different when we are working at this deeper level. For example, many dictionaries list “knowledge” and “intelligence” as synonyms for UNDERSTANDING; but in the spiritual realm there is a subtle but important difference.
Spiritual understanding is most often associated with Solomon. When the Lord offers Solomon, at the beginning of his reign, anything he might choose for himself, Solomon does not ask for riches, or power, or fame. “Give me an understanding heart to judge the people,” he replies, “that I may discern between good and evil” (I Kings 3:9). Because he first sought an understanding heart, Solomon also received riches and power and fame. He kept his priorities clear, and all of the good of the universe flowed freely through his life as a result.
Spiritual understanding, then, is an energy of the heart, not the mind. It is an intuitive recognition of the Will and Presence of God, and it is available to all of us seeking guidance in our lives. It may not come through each of us, however, in any conventional or predictable way. Each of us will have a different experience. For some, like the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, there will be a blinding flash of illumination. Others will reach the same level of understanding gently and gradually.
Spiritual understanding will always come, though, if we sincerely seek it. “Ask, and it shall be given,” Jesus taught us. “Seek and ye shall find; knock and the door shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7: 7).” And we read in Proverbs, “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding, for the gain from it is better than gain from silver, and its profit better than gold (Proverbs 3: 13-14).”
Today we affirm that divine understanding within us is the very Presence of God, and in all things we always know the wise and loving next step. Thank You, God.