Discernment

Improvident

It’s foolish to think that our own wisdom is sufficient to guide us. The human mind, while rational, is incapable of seeing the true nature of many situations and events. What is good may not always be best, and what is presented as truth is sometimes a lie. Pride in our own judgment hinders access to godly wisdom.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 14, 2022.

Becoming wise

Although we have access to God’s wisdom, it’s not something we automatically possess. Rather, it must be diligently sought. And His Word is the place to start, because spiritual discernment comes only when we know the truth and can think scripturally about every situation we encounter.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 14, 2022.

Wise judgements

Since every aspect of life is influenced by our capacity to make wise, godly judgements, it’s essential that we read the Bible and heed the instruction of our pastors. The truths we learn become a filter for everything we see, hear, and experience. Then, if we encounter error, our internal alarm will go off to protect us from deception. We all need help when it comes to wisdom. So we can ask the Lord today to guide us away from self-reliance and towards His holy Word.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.

A light on the path

God has also appointed leaders in the church to help us develop spiritual discernment. They do this by teaching sound doctrine and refuting any ideas that contradict Scripture. Under the instruction of these mature believers, we can grow in righteousness by learning biblical truths and then applying them.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.

Heed Instruction

In our individualistic society, we may think we don’t need anyone’s help in making decisions, forming convictions, or distinguishing truth from error. But such self-reliance doesn’t lead to true wisdom and spiritual discernment. To know the Lord’s mind about a matter, we must rely on His Word. In the pages of Scripture, God has revealed who His is, how He works, and the way His followers are to deepen both their understanding and their relationship with Him.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.

Trained by the Word

Hebrews 5;14

The deeper, more “solid” truths about the priesthood of the Lord Jesus could only be given to those who knew Him as Savior.  Athletic training and competition form the metaphor implied by this particular word (exercised).  The one who has come to Christ for spiritual completion is then trained by the Word to discern truth from error and holy behavior from unholy.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 5:14.