Scripture clearly says to us that while Wisdom is the principle thing; we are simultaneously advised that in our quest to get wisdom we must at the same time place the same efforts on getting UNDERSTANDING! Proverbs 4:7
Happy is the man that finds wisdom and the man that gets UNDERSTANDING!, Proverbs 3:13. Clearly, wisdom and understanding are the main components for revelatory insight. In fact, Proverbs 3:14-18 provides a wonderful description, comparison and benefits of wisdom and understanding, which I strongly suggest you take the time to read.
Nevertheless, my post today will be focusing on the word "Understanding" and here is why. Spiritual law states that, "Counsel in the heart (mind) of man is like deep waters, but a man of "UNDERSTANDING" will draw it out" Proverbs 20:5 In an effort to embrace the fullness of this law so that one would be willing to make it practical in their lives, we must firstly, seek the true meaning of the word understanding.
Understanding comes from the Hebrew word "Binah" which is defined as, insight, intelligence and prudence. Amazingly, in Proverbs 3:15-18, understanding is referred to as the female gender but even more telling, Isaiah 11:2 clearly describes Understanding as a spirit! Scripture says that Daniel had understanding in all VISIONS and DREAMS! Daniel 1:17. Therefore, I submit to you that Daniel always had the spirit of understanding, however his sacrifice through fasting (Daniel 1:8-15) made it active in him.
Here is the reasoning behind the assertion I made in regards to Daniel already being possessed with the spirit of understanding. In 1 Kings 3:5, it is said that God appeared to king Solomon in a dream and asked him, what shall he give him. Surprisingly, king Solomon only asked God for wisdom knowledge and understanding to judge God's people. Now, for those of you that don't know; wisdom, knowledge and understanding are indeed spirits according to Isaiah 11:2. Now, here is where the story gets even more interesting. In 1 Kings 3:12 it is categorically stated by God himself to king Solomon that He (God) had already "GIVEN" king Solomon wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Please help me here but isn't the word given the past tense of the word give? Thus, indicating that Kinig Solomon was already equip with what he was asking for. Now here is the kicker just like with our brother Daniel. God originally visited king Solomon as a result of the great sacrifice to God, 2 Chronicles 1:6-7.
Let's take this a little deeper. Again, In Isaiah 11:2 we learn that counsel isn't just a word. Instead it is referred to as the "spirit of counsel" With that said, back to Proverbs 20:5, says. "Counsel (The spirit of counsel) is in a man's heart but a man of understanding (or one that possess the spirit of understanding) knows how to activate it.
There is so much more that I can say on this which will reveal deeper revelations on the spirit of understanding. Nevertheless, I took this long route to simply say this and that is a true dream interpreter must primarily be accompanied with the spirit of understanding or possessed by it. The reason being stated in Proverbs 20:5, which clearly says that the spirit of counsel which is God's instructions given to us via our dreams (Job 33:14-16) is compared to being placed in deep waters (our hearts) BUT! Only a man who is aided by the spirit of understanding can draw or make sense of the counsel given to him by God.
Okay! Let's bring this baby home now, If you do not understand your dreams, this would suggest you do not understand the spiritual intelligence, prudence or insight that God is or has provided to you via the spirit of counsel. Therefore, I recommend to you to fast and pray and ask God to give you the spirit of understanding so that you can begin to make sense of your dreams or the instructions/counsel he has and is giving to you concerning the matter of your life and by extension the life of others.
I will leave you with this to ponder on. Inviting the spirit of understanding into your life will be initiated through you listening to the word of God! Here's the scriptural proof, "Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding" Proverbs 4:1.
Written By: Kevin L A Ewing