Do you ever feel misunderstood? Like the big, bad world is judging you by circumstance with no desire to understand your motive?
The truth is, we can never understand each other. Not fully. We have tools, like personality tests, that, on their best days, help us offer grace when we don’t understand each other. Living together helps too. But we just don’t quite get each other. Even those people who confidently nod and give you a smug smile when you do something predictable.
You’re not the only one who feels misunderstood. Ask God about that. He even had His people write about it in the Psalms and later in Romans.
“The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” (Ps. 14:2-3.)
“…as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.” (Romans 3:10-11).
We humans, in our fallen brokenness cannot fully fathom a holy God. So, if anyone is allowed to complain about being misunderstood, it is God.
Because, guess what else. You are understood. By the One who is least understood. He has searched and known you and discerned your thoughts from afar. He is acquainted with all of your ways. You cannot speak without Him knowing exactly what you will say. (Ps. 139:1-4)
You are understood. May that knowledge be too wonderful to wrap your mind around! (Ps. 139:6)