Apply your heart to understanding...
Lift up your voice for understanding...
Understanding will keep you,
To deliver you from the way of evil...
The entrance of Your Words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Understanding is Proverbs highlight. It is stressed and re-stressed 52 times.* Why? Because understanding is like a bridge, connecting earth's people with their Maker.
Knowledge of His Word is the trusted map, and wisdom is the light along the way. Daily trips on this highway to Heaven help saints become effective messengers: ambassadors sent from the King of kings.
One Bible scholar puts it this way: 'Those with understanding are able to abstract the meaning out of information. They see through the facts to the dynamics of what, how and why. They are teachers. Understanding is a lens which brings the facts into crisp focus' (Acts 17:11 Bible Studies).**
In addition, it's a translator, giving disciples the way and means to broadcast Good News over borders, cultures and disbelief--with finesse.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your kind and uplifting behavior, your gentleness and understanding, are nourishment to burned out people.
Earth's books and teachers couldn't help them. Earth's wisdom couldn't make them happy. Earth's knowledge became insufficient. These empty holes are your open doors.
Without any forcing on your part, fans will ask the Reason for your hope, the Answer to life's toughest questions, the Source of all the goodness they see...
## Proverbs For Performers: Understanding Gain (Part 11)
** Acts 17:11 Bible Study on Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom (look toward bottom): http://www.acts17-11.com/know.html
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.