I came across the word “insight” recently, defined as the understanding of a specific cause and effect within a specific situation. Also an understanding of the inner workings of things. It also refers to having insight into oneself. Psychologists say insight is when there is the sudden discovery of a correct solution following incorrect attempts based on trial and error. An “Ah-ha!” moment!
He was teaching the Parable of the Four Soils and his disciples asked Him why He taught in parables. Jesus explained that he was not hiding truth from sincere seekers, but if they were receptive to spiritual truths (spiritually hungry) they would understand spiritual illustrations. For all others, it would just be a good story.
Deeper hearing would result in spiritual hearing and deeper seeing would result in spiritual seeing.
Jesus goes on to point out that:
“Whoever has will be given more, and have in abundance. Whoever does not have, even that which he has will be taken from him.”
So whoever has spiritual insight, will be given more to the level of abundance (a great harvest from the seeds of truth planted in a receptive heart). But whoever does not have spiritual insight, even that which he has will be taken away from him, not by God himself, but by the enemy (represented by the birds) who will eat up the good seed that is not being used productively.
Jesus longed for people who would: “see with their eyes…hear with their ears… understand with their hearts and turn…I would heal them.” (Matt 13:15.) Jesus longs to bring about healing in our lives.
Gaining insight is a vital part of our spiritual growth; it is part of preparing our hearts for the truth to take root and our lives to be productive.
In Hebrews 5:11 we find a group of people who lacked insight despite hours and hours of good teaching and thousands of opportunities to gain insight. They are described as “spiritually immature” needing baby milk instead of solid food. The reason for their spiritual state is described in the NIV as “slow to learn.” The King James says: “dull of hearing” and the Message: “picked up this bad habit of not listening.” But I love the Amplified: “dull in your