Understanding through Reading
19th MAY 2022
“In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the books according to the word of the Lord to the prophet Jeremiah that the number of years for the desolation of Jerusalem would be seventy.” Daniel 9:2 CSB
A human mind is said to be like a sponge that absorbs everything it is exposed to. God has given the human mind the ability to learn and acquire understanding. The Bible is full of stories and lessons from others and how we can also develop ourselves.
In our month of leadership, we believe everyone wants to be a good leader, and we know God wants us as well to be good leaders. One of the ways we gain understanding in every department we are in is through reading. It takes humility to be a good leader, and it takes humility to sit down, read and learn. When we read how the past leaders before us, who were ordinary people like us, accomplished extraordinary works, we also learn and start growing.
In every department you are involved in, whether it is a ministry or otherwise, you need understanding to operate in it effectively. God wants you to be of great influence both in ministry and other contexts of service. Becoming an influential leader does not happen overnight, but it takes you putting effort and opening your mind to reading. As Christian leaders, we are called to read the Word of God to have understanding of how to become leaders after God. Joshua when he was inaugurated as a leader was told, “This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then, you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.” Joshua 1:8
For us to develop and prosper in leadership, reading the Word of God is very essential. In our everyday life, we are faced with difficult, uncertain and scary situations and in the above verse, we learn that Daniel got understanding through reading how a prophet like him had written, and he got understanding. God wants us to get understanding, and He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us have understanding, but also reading His word helps us to grow. He has made it available to everyone who asks. As shown in James 1:5 and Proverbs 2:2–5, God is willing to give us understanding and wisdom applicable to our everyday life as well as managing His people, just as He gave wisdom to Solomon.
Heavenly Father, I thank You for providing wisdom and understanding. I ask Lord that may I increase in understanding as I study Your WORD. Help me Lord to be a leader of great influence just as you did before with other leaders. Amen
Further Reading: James 1:5 / Ephesians 3:4
Bible In One Year: Psalms [8–11]