How many times have you heard “Knowledge is power”? Webster’s defines knowledge as the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association. Leaders use their knowledge in a variety of ways. Some will hold it up like a great scepter for all to see while others will work to share it with everyone; like a farmer plants seed. Knowledge can be shared and learned. How do we achieve understanding? Do we get to understanding through our experiences? Again, according to Webster’s, understanding is the power to make experience intelligible by applying concepts and categories. We can share our knowledge and understanding with others to help them grow and learn. Some people call that management perspective. It is hard to define management perspective but we all know when someone doesn’t have it! The difference between managing and leading is what you do with your knowledge.
Proverbs 16:22 “understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it…”
“Understanding is the fountain of life to those that have it…” Many of us read the bible and study it but do we have knowledge or understanding? Do you see God’s hand in everything that happens? Do you live your life by His ways or your own? There are a number of things that we can do to improve our understanding of God’s word. For instance, consider a small bible study group to learn from the experiences of others or spreading the news of Jesus Christ to others. There are a number of tools available for you to use as a guide in your studies; take time to search the shelves of your local Christian book store. You will be strengthened in your faith and knowledge when you spend time reading and learning from the bible. There are several ways that you can share your experiences and your understanding with those that don’t know it or at least don’t see it clearly. The best way to strengthen your understanding is to teach. Your goal is to achieve understanding; do not be intimidated because you fear your knowledge is not strong enough, with God anything is possible. God puts opportunities and challenges before you, take advantage of them to gain knowledge and understanding.