The Children of Issachar  Understood the Times

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do . . . and all their brethren were at their commandment. (1 Chr. 12:32 KJV)

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Understanding is a spiritual eye, and spiritual vision rules the spirit realm. The Bible offers an intriguing example of the power of understanding: the children of Issachar.

The men of the tribe of Issachar had a deep understanding of their times. According to 1 Chronicles 12:32, understanding their times meant they knew precisely what Israel ought to do. They were divinely endowed with the wisdom to comprehend what God was doing and what they needed to do to align themselves with Him. Knowing what God was doing and what they ought to do meant spectacular results in their lives. During that period in Israel’s history, the kingdom was transitioning from Saul to David, and it was time for David to become king.

Consider the impact on your life if you knew how to end a season of financial stress or trigger God’s power in your life like a flowing stream. Many of us might be surprised to discover that most of our crises arise because we lack the necessary wisdom to know what we ought to do, not because we lack power. Our eyes are still closed in many aspects—we just do not know what we ought to do for the desired results. 

May the Lord give you an understanding of the times and seasons of your life; may He open your eyes to see.


What is the difference between understanding and knowledge? 

Apply the Word

In what areas of your life do you need to develop an understanding of the seasons? Immerse your spirit in prayer. Engage your mind in meditation on the Word to sharpen your understanding of the seasons and the times of your life.


Ask the Spirit of the Lord for spiritual insight into the seasons in your life.

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  1. Thank you very much for sharing this. May God continually bless you and use you to bless others.

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