It’s important to keep in mind that you never perfectly understand something or someone—including yourself.
“Understanding” is a moving target. At a particular time and place you may have a firm grasp on the details and truly understand. But people change, circumstances change, and you change.
Imagine that you met someone who had lived their entire life underground and you were trying to help them understand the moon. Suppose your efforts were at a time that the moon was at its quarter-moon lunar phase. I’m sure the person under your tutelage could come to understand a lot about the moon, but imagine you made an appointment for them to meet you at the same place and the same time about three weeks later. Imagine how their understanding would be radically changed as they caught their first glimpse of the full moon majestically rising up over the tree tops to silently keep watch over the earth through the night.
All of life is that way.
We are all in the dark about everything.
Only God knows all-things and is all-wise. The rest of us are on a huge learning curve and our understanding is constantly being updated.
Remember that when you make judgments about people and about yourself.
Just because someone may have failed you in the past is not proof they are the same person today.
More importantly, just because you have failed in the past doesn’t mean you are the same person that failed back then. You’ve changed. You’ve learned. You don’t have full knowledge, but you know more now than you did then. You are not all-wise, but you’re wiser now than back then.
- The ONE THING for today: God didn’t bring you through all the things He did so that you could have a box full of memories, He has brought you to this point so that you would understand better. Don’t make decisions based on what you knew and did back then; make decisions on what you know now. And if things don’t work out the way you hoped they would, well, you can have the consolation of knowing you will understand better for the next try.
Proverbs 24:3 (NKJV)
3 Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.