When it appears no one understands what you are saying, you don’t have to feel like the Lone Ranger. Jesus had the same kind of response from his very own disciples most of the time. As you read the Gospels you will notice the disciples asking Jesus what he meant over and over again. There are even a few times Jesus seemed to be frustrated with them. He said things like, “How long must I be with you?” and “Are you still so dull of hearing?”

Teaching the Bible is what I believe I am called to do. Sometimes I can relate to Jesus’ frustration when it seems like people just don’t get it. Most of the time I don’t get down about whether others understand or not because I have come to realize the Holy Spirit is the only true teacher. The best I can do is to be faithful studying the Word and to present it in the manner God enables me. After that is done the results are up to the Holy Spirit.

Just before Jesus was arrested and crucified he told his disciples he was going to send another helper to them. He said, “He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Jesus himself knew that it was going to take the Holy Spirit to remind the disciples about the things he had told them. Why do you think we should be any different? We too rely on the Spirit to teach and remind others about Jesus.

Trusting the Holy Spirit to do the teaching and reminding takes faith. We have to say what God prompts us to say but then we have to believe God will do the real teaching. The prayer is that sometime later the people you are attempting to help understand will come across someone or something that makes things click. Some people simply are not in the right place spiritually to receive what is being taught at the moment. God has perfect timing and he will reveal it to them just when needed.

Finally, let me just say this about my own learning. Sometimes I find myself reading books that I have trouble understanding and yet somehow it is edifying to my spirit. When it comes to understanding things in the Spirit it isn’t always understandable in a logical, human wisdom kind of way. Could it be that the Spirit of God is talking directly to the other person’s spirit and bypassing their brain? In 1 Corinthians 2:9-16 Paul tells us God reveals things to us by way of his Spirit and the natural man or fleshy, earthy man isn’t going to understand it. “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” The natural man cannot receive them because they are spiritually discerned. Jesus promised his disciples another helper so don’t stop teaching and sharing the gospel with others just because they don’t seem to get it. The Holy Spirit is the real teacher and he will remind them at just the right time.




  1. It was a big step when I accepted that knowing whether to say anything or knowing what to say is a Spirit function and that listener response is not mine to worry about. The response might cause pain to the one sharing, but it isn’t the pain of “Was I supposed to share what I did?” B

    1. Amen! I find comfort in knowing Jesus had the same challenges we do and he relied on the Spirit to expound on what he had said. Most of the time it takes a while to sink in anyway.
      Thanks B,

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