Not Comfort, but Comprehension

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“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” Ephesians 3:17-18, KJV.

When it comes to reading comprehension, it takes one of my sons a while to understand the meaning of the story. We have to read through it two or three times before he can answer questions correctly. As a mother and as his teacher away from the classroom, I know that it doesn’t benefit him if he can read but is unable to understand what he has read.

So it is with our heavenly Father. We are His daughters, and He is our Master Teacher. He knows that it doesn’t benefit us to go through life unable to properly comprehend the situations we face. With every test and trial, He wants us to get understanding. To do so, we must ask the right questions, for example:

How do You want me to respond?
What is it You want me to learn from this experience?
How is this going to help me in the long run?
What fruit of the Spirit are you developing in me while I’m in this situation?
How can I help encourage others who are experiencing the same thing?

If we don’t comprehend the meaning, God will have us “read it again” and go through it again, in a different form until we get the point. He’s not cruel, nor is He punishing you. He’s allowing the test to build His character in you, which will make you a rock solid believer. His aim is not your comfort, but your comprehension.

Prayer: My Lord. My God. I come to You right now. I don’t know what to think or how to respond the right way. Help me, God to see Your love and not focus on the pain and discomfort. Show me what it is You’re teaching me. Please show how this is going to help me in the future, what You’re developing in me, and how You want me to help others. I know You love me and You allow things for Your divine purpose. I submit to You. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read 1 Peter 5:8-9)

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