Understandest Thou What Thou Readest by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021
“UNDERSTANDEST THOU WHAT THOU READEST?”
TEXT: Acts 8:26-40
“And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?” – (Acts 8:30)
General Douglas MacArthur, in his book, Reminiscences, shared his experience as a student at US Military Academy, West Point. “The first session was studying the time-space relationship later formulated by Einstein as his Theory of Relativity. The text was complex and, being unable to comprehend it, I committed the pages to memory. When I was called upon to recite, I solemnly reeled off almost word for word what the book said. Our instructor, Colonel Fieberger, looked at me somewhat quizzically and asked, “Do you understand this theory?” It was a bad moment for me, but I did not hesitate in replying, “No, sir.” You could have heard a pin drop. I braced myself and waited.And then the slow words of the professor: “Neither do I, Mr MacArthur. Session dismissed.”
Like General MacArthur, the Ethiopian eunuch too did not understand what he read, but Philip did. The Ethiopian was reading a passage from the book of Isaiah about the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Philip did not leave him in the dark. He started from the passage he was reading to tell him about Jesus.
Creating time to read the Scriptures is very important in these last days. True devotional life begins with the desire to read the Scriptures. But reading with comprehension is equally important. That is where attendance of regular fellowship can be handy and profitable. There are many “Philips” around who will always help when we make it clear enough that we need further explanations from the Bible. Many other Christian literatures and even daily devotionals like this volume in your hand can be good sources of illumination to difficult passages.
With the help of the Holy Spirit and willing people like Philip, you can understand the Bible and make the best of your devotional time with God every day.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
With the Spirit’s help, you can understand what you read.
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