November 1, 2012
In all of the tasks before us—the challenges we face, the problems that need solution, the pain mankind suffers, the damage to our environment—great effort is needed to gain and maintain control.
Understanding the needs we have is halfway to solving them. That sounds much easier to achieve than it really is. Understanding requires accurate knowledge and, along with that, the will to implement the instruments that will lead to success (Hosea 4:6).
The Bible tells us to continue to grow in grace and knowledge—that is the fundamental truth of understanding (2 Peter 3:18). Half the battle is won if we know what to do, how to do it and when to do it. The rest is a matter of execution and of will. Paul noted that even when he knew what to do, he did not always do it (Romans 7:18). Until we overcome that problem, understanding is only half way, and the rest will not get done.