“I understand.” What comfort those two words can bring when spoken with unfeigned compassion and heartfelt sincerity in very trying times. As a genuine expression of empathy, they engender a sense of solidarity with another person who “gets” what you are experiencing. Sometime that “I understand” is exactly what the hearer needed even if the speaker could do little to change the situation.
On the other hand, it is a different story when people say, “I understand” and even if they mean well, you know deep within they really don’t understand your unique situation. In fact it may be that you don’t even understand it yourself. You don’t “get” the why, what, or how this is happening to you The question arises, "Does anyone?"
Over the years, I have come to understand when a situation is beyond my comprehension and ability to make sense of it, I need to look beyond what is within me and unto what is beyond. Eventually my battling to understand what seems incomprehensible surrenders to trust in the Greater than myself. It is II Chronicles 20 that teaches some battles we face are not even ours to fight. So we may not understand the how or why of it all. Conversely the book of Job teaches some battles are ours to fight. Regardless the type of battle, what we must understand is unrelenting trust and unyielding faithfulness are our greatest weapons for victory.
So when I don’t understand situations and no audible voice says, “I understand” I am assured that what I don’t understand, the omniscient Almighty does. That assurance is what I hold to with all tenacity, satisfied that His “I understand” is a sure guarantee that ultimately I will also.
Affirmation: But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Job 32:8 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:5