9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding … (Colossians 1).
True spirituality ends in the heart, but it begins in the mind with “knowledge … wisdom and understanding.” The word “understanding” literally means “a flowing together”—such as in Grand Junction, Colorado, where the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers come together. In this case, it is the flowing together of knowledge and spiritual wisdom. Thus, spiritual understanding comes when spiritual knowledge joins with spiritual wisdom.
We talk a lot about loving God with our hearts, yet forget that we are also to love Him with our minds (Matthew 22:37). Too often we pray only for people’s hearts, when by all means we should be praying for their minds. New followers of Christ especially need to have their minds filled with biblical truth.
I remember as a new believer how for the first time in my life I began to fill my mind with the Word of God. I could not get enough of the Bible, spending at least 3-4 hours every day just reading it. I had never been introduced to such knowledge before, and it changed my whole life. Even while taking a heavy load in college sciences (19 hours), I spent at least as much time (if not more) in reading the Bible than studying for my classes. God blessed me, too, for I also made my highest GPA during those final four college semesters.
Lord, fill us This Day from Your Word with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Amen.