God Wants to be Understood
Avoiding misunderstandings is a good goal for everyone, of course, no matter what the relationship may be. Even God wants to avoid misunderstandings. He spoke to the Israelites as Moses brought them to the borders of the land they were to inhabit:
I dreaded the taunt of the enemy,
lest the adversary misunderstand
and say, “Our hand has triumphed;
the Lord has not done all this.” (Deuteronomy 32:26-27.)
“Let there be no misunderstandings,” God seems to emphasize. Is there another faith in history that has a god who cares what people think? The ones I’ve read about have gods who pursue their own desires and care not one bit whether people understand their purposes and actions. Yet the one true God is gracious, desiring that the enemies of God’s people will understand him.
God wants you to understand him, too. It is part of the good news – part of the gospel of grace and peace and reconciliation God offers you.
In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world — just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. (Colossians 1:6.)
The gospel bears fruit throughout the world, and part of that fruit is understanding God.
Understanding the Gospel, Understanding God
God not only desires that you understand him. He wants to be your teacher.
This is what the Lord says —
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you what is best for you,
who directs you in the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17.)
This is the promise Jesus gave his friends, and it’s God’s ministry within you now.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26.)
This is yet more grace, that God will be the one to teach you about himself. It’s because God wants there to be no misunderstandings between you and him.