The Scriptures tell us that in the End Time Days, only the wise shall understand. (Daniel 12:8-10).
What is a main feature that describes the wise? The Proverbs tell us:
“The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a chattering fool shall fall.” (Proverbs 10:8)
“Hear (‘hearken to’) counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” (Proverbs 19:20)
The above verses tell us that the wise receive will commandments and instruction, and they will hearken to (hear and obey) counsel. This describes one who is teachable.
How does one become teachable? Let us look at a few clues that will help us become teachable.
Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] said these words:
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)
In this verse, Yahushua was comparing the effects of the wind to the moving of the Holy Spirit.
Just as the wind blows upon the grass, making the grass to gently bend over, so also, when the Holy Spirit moves upon a person, if that person is teachable, having a bend-able and yielded disposition, then that person will be changed, and can be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Being teachable means we are sensitive to the influences [the ‘wind’] of the Holy Spirit, and are willing to follow His leading. Being teachable makes us able to hear, listen, and receive the life-changing Words of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].
This is the wonderful consequence of being teachable! Being teachable, a characteristic of the WISE, helps us to ‘bend with the wind’ of the Holy Spirit, just like beach grass bending in the ocean breeze.
His Word and His Spirit
Yahuwah’s Words and His Spirit are closely related:
By the word of Yahuwah [the LORD] were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath [spirit] of His mouth. (Psalms 33:6)
Yahushua [Jesus] said unto them, . . . It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
The above verses reveal the tremendous power of Yahuwah’s Words, and tell us that Yahuwah’s Words and His Spirit [breath] are one and the same!
Whenever we read or hear the Words [that is, the Scriptures] of Yahuwah, we are exposing ourselves to the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit. If we are willing to receive the Words of the Bible, if we are willing to be taught by Father’s Words, then the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit can move upon us, and guide us — and we will be changed for the better.
A willing heart, a thirsty soul, wants to be teachable. Thirsty Souls want to receive the influences of the Holy Spirit! Thirsty Souls want to receive the wisdom of God’s Words!
What are some clues to learning to be teachable?
Only the Wise Will Understand
Teachableness is something we acquire as we gain God‘s wisdom and understanding.
Gaining God’s wisdom and understanding are the important ingredients we need in order to acquire a teachable heart.
In the book of Daniel, it says that in the End Time Days, only the wise and discerning will understand (Daniel 12:9-10)!! In the turmoil of the End Times, only the wise and discerning will have the understanding needed for walking with God, to be guided by His Holy Spirit through the great difficulties.
Those with understanding will have a teach-able heart, and will thus have the needed wisdom from the eternal Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] for the End Time Days.
We are living in a time when there is a great need for God’s wisdom and understanding, and for discerning truth from error.
Yahushua told us that in the End Time Days, there will be so much deception that there shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect! (Matthew 24:24).
Deception will be a dominanting feature of the End Times! It seems nowadays there are none we can trust! Yahushua warned us: “Beware that no one deceive you! … many shall be deceived!” (Matthew 24:4-5).
Very few will have the understanding of what is the truth — truth that is pure, right, good, and eternal.
But . . . the WISE shall understand:
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (Daniel 12:8-10)
One thing this passage teaches us is that if we are among those who do not understand, then perhaps we should ask ourselves ‘why?’ The warning from this Scripture is that none of the wicked shall understand!
Understanding is needed for us to be wise, and to avoid wickedness!
How can we gain the needed understanding, so that we can be wise and teachable in these troubling days — so that we can be guided by the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit, and avoid the rampant deception?
The Scriptures have the answer!
In Noah’s Day
In Noah’s day, out of the multitudes of people, only eight souls came into the ark! Only a few had the understanding and wisdom to walk with God and escape destruction!
Noah’s example teaches us that the understanding and wisdom needed for the End Time Days is a very rare possession!!
Understanding is not as simple as going to the corner market and buying a “Packet of Understanding!”
If we truly desire to be among The Wise — those who shall understand — then we must seek for understanding diligently, and literally cry out to the eternal Yahuwah for His wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 2:1-6).
In Noah’s day, which is a picture of the End Time Days (Matthew 24:37-42; Luke 17:26-30), the multitudes arrogantly scorned and mocked and rejected the lovingkindness of God. The multitudes refused to be teachable, refused to do the simple and humble actions of repentance!
And just as it was in Noah’s day, so also it is in our day!
In our day, only a handful of people will really have an understanding of these End Time Days, and who will truly know what it means to walk with God (Psalms 14:2). Only a few among the multitudes are hungering and thirsting for the eternal truth of Yahuwah, searching for understanding and wisdom. Only a few Thirsty Souls are seeking God with all their heart.
The Simplicity of Repentance
In the End Time Days, those with understanding will learn what the prophet Job tells us about the KEY to gaining understanding!
Job tells us that understanding comes to us when we ‘depart from evil’ — that is, when we ‘turn from our wicked ways’ (Job 28:12-28; 2Chronicles 7:14)
‘Depart from evil’ and ‘Turn from our wicked ways’ both describe what it means to repent.
More clearly defined, repentance simply means to stop doing what is right in our own eyes, and begin doing what delights God, what is right in His eyes!
This is not difficult to do. It is as simple as following the directions listed on a package for a cake mix.
All of us have followed directions required for many different things — following a recipe, filling out a doctor’s office form, learning to use a camera, installing a small appliance, completing a task. We consider and look at the instructions, and we start with Step One.
How many of us have regretted not following the directions and instructions given?!?
How many of us have wished we had humbled ourselves, wished we had been teachable, and followed the instructions from the beginning?
The Human Machine
Following instructions is what brings the understanding that is needed!
The same is true for us as human beings. We are all creatures in need of instructions! Why? Because we were created FOR Yahuwah Elohim, the One who dwells in eternity! We have been called unto fellowship with Him:
You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Yahushua Messiah our Lord. (1Corinthians 1:9)
“God designed the human machine to run on Himself. God Himself is the ‘fuel’ our spirits were designed to burn, the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other! God cannot give us a happiness and a peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” – C. S. Lewis
Understanding comes when we begin doing what we were designed for — to love Yahuwah Elohim, the ever-lasting Creator of heaven and earth; loving Him with all our heart, and to love others as well.
Yahuwah created us and gave us an Instruction Manual, an Operator’s Guide called The Holy Bible, for maximum, effective, and joyful functioning.
Followers of Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus] have found the place of understanding and wisdom because they have humbled themselves and have started following the Instruction Manual! They rejoice with gratefulness because they have discovered the key to gaining understanding! They have chosen to do the simple steps of repentance.
The Bible reveals the three very simple steps of repentance: 1) humbling ourselves, and 2) learning to do what is right in God’s sight (as it is written in the Bible), and 3) learning what is needed (as it is written in the Bible) to depart from evil. These steps are the pathway to understanding and Yahuwah’s wisdom! These steps are the clues we need to help us be teachable, patient, and yielded to the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit.
What is Wickedness?
If we are puzzled and lack understanding, if we need to find that place of true wisdom and understanding, then let us begin to consider our dilemma, and give attention to doing God’s wisdom as revealed by the prophet Job: “to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28)!!
The simplicity of this instruction is profound!!
Job’s instruction is exactly what we need in our quest for understanding!
Let us consider what God’s Word teaches about ‘evil’ or ‘wickedness.’
There are many Scriptures that give a clear understanding of what evil, or wickedness, actually is.
Wickedness is not only doing something that is ‘really bad!’
Psalms 50:16-17 is a good description of what ‘the wicked’ do.
- The wicked hate instruction [correction, discipline] and they cast God’s Words away, turning their back on His Words.
In other words, the ‘wicked’ are not teachable!
Thus the wicked will not understand — they do not have the needed wisdom to understand the lovingkindness, the judgment, and the righteousness of Yahuwah.
Simply put, when any of us, at any time, reject God’s Word and His instructions, then that is wickedness. No matter how small the matter may be, if we reject God’s Word, then we are turning our back on Him. As a result, we begin to make our own understanding of greater importance than the Words of the Bible.
Father warns us to not do that! He tells us, “Lean not unto [do not trust in] your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
When we make our own understanding to be of greater importance than God’s WORD, then we begin to be puffed up with pride, and we actually lose and diminish in understanding; we lose discernment and good judgment; we lose our ability to be teachable. The result is that we begin to lean on the subtle and crafty and corrupt wisdom of this world, which is harmful to us, and is foolishness in God’s eyes (1Corinthians 2:13-14; 3:19).
No One Exempt
There is no one exempt from this kind of prideful thinking and behaviour. All of us are guilty, at various times, of trusting in our own understanding, and rejecting Yahuwah’s instructions. Many times, we do not even realize that we are rejecting Father’s Words of instructions.
But let our earnest cry be, “Help us Father, to be among the wise, and to be teachable!”
It is the wise who will eventually take the three steps of repentance, as mentioned above. It is the wise who will choose to depart from evil.
Steps 1, 2, 3
If we desire to be among the wise, then the very first step is to humble ourselves by earnestly seeking Yahushua Messiah, who shed His blood, giving Himself as the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1John 2:1-2). We must humble ourselves by talking to the heavenly Father, in the name of His Son, and admit our need for His understanding, and begin to study His Word for ourselves!
Perhaps we may have already taken this first step of humbling ourselves before Him, and receiving His forgiveness. HalleluYah!!
But this first step is only the starting point of a journey we must all take. This first step is necessary for all who would be wise. After this first step, we must continue to seek the Saviour, by prayer and reading the WORD, because none of us have arrived at perfection yet. We need to humble ourselves every day!
One way we can humble ourselves is to pray frequently for a teachable heart, so that we can begin to receive Father’s loving instructions and corrections from His Word, and gain an understanding of the lovingkindness of Yahuwah (Psalms 107:1-43). Praying also for a grateful heart is another important clue in helping us to gain an understanding heart (Psalms 100:1-5; 116:1-19).
If we desire to be among the wise, then the next step is to regularly study the Operator’s Guide [the Bible] for instruction, and receive the needed correction. This is an on-going practice of the wise. We read God’s Word over and over, so that we will have His Word firmly planted in our heart, so that we can adjust our lives according to His Word, and so that we can learn to bend with the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
By hiding Father’s Word in our heart we eventually gain the understanding that King David learned: “For I have kept the ways of Yahuwah [the LORD], and have not wickedly departed from my God.” (Psalms 18:21)
Yes, it is true that the wise are tried and tested, as stated in the passage from Daniel. But the testings are to purify us and make us blameless, harmless children of the eternal God — children who possess the understanding to shine as lights in this troubled world (Philippians 2:14-16). The trials, the pressures, the loneliness — all of these work together to conform us into the likeness of Yahuwah’s Son, and prepare us for His appearing.
If we can maintain our bend-able, yielded, teachable attitude towards God’s Word, then the testings help us learn to be more teachable, gaining more patience and wisdom from Father’s instructions and corrections. Little by little, we learn how to depart from evil, and therefore we gain more wisdom and understanding, and we become a shining light of Yahuwah’s truth to a fallen world.
Enduring to The End
Father wants to give His children the understanding and the wisdom that is from above, guiding us by His Word, and by the leading [the ‘wind’] of His Holy Spirit. Yahuwah’s lovingkindness is available to all who will choose to love His Word and follow His Instructions! (For insights into some of Father’s simple intructions, search the Articles on this site.)
Let us be quick to receive Father’s Word, and be teachable to its influences, being grateful for all His benefits.
Let us become bend-able, just like beach grass is sensitive to soft, ocean breezes.
We need God’s love and faith and patience if we are going to endure through to the end. We need the understanding that comes from Him alone!
The understanding that comes from God’s WORD alone will help us to draw closer to Father. His understanding will help us learn how to be led by His Holy Spirit, and learn how to avoid deception.
Those with understanding will have a soft, teach-able heart.
Those with understanding will love and heed God’s Word, and will depart from evil.
Those who depart from evil will become wise!
As a result, they will have the needed wisdom for these End Time Days!
Because only the wise shall understand!
- The Key to Gaining Understanding
- Wisdom’s Call
- Walking in Newness of Life
- Characteristics of the Wise Virgins-Part 1
- Acquiring a Teachable Heart
- The Word – Or The Spirit?
- Beauty of Repentance – Come clean before God!
- Seven Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible – excellent guidelines for learning how to study God’s Word for ourselves