Focus

Live thoughtfully.


Psalm 25:8-15

Are you living thoughtfully or automatically? It’s easy to get up each morning, do our work, enjoy some relaxation or entertainment, and fall into bed each night without giving any thought to God’s involvement in our lives. When we look for God’s footprints in our days, we discover the scope of His involvement in our life. Each night before you go to sleep, take some time to reflect on the day’s activities. Know that the Lord is constantly with you, guarding you and offering guidance. He wants you to understand life from His perspective as you rely on His wisdom and power to face any challenge.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 19, 2022.

Focus on Him

The High Cost of Wavering Faith

In Numbers 13:25-33 the focus was on the obstacles rather than on the power of God. When we choose to trust the Lord despite the seeming impossibilities, we’ll discover He is bigger than any obstacle.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, July 17, 2021.

Focus for the New Year: Perseverance in Faithfulness

Hebrews 4;14

Christ is the center of our confession of faith in the gospel, both in creed and public testimony.  Surely, the readers would not give up Christ, whom they had professed, and reject what He had done for them, if they could understand the superiority of His person and work. 

Hold fast does not refer to how to be saved or remain saved.  It means rather that perseverance in faithfulness is proof of real faith.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 3:1,6.

Courageous Persistence

Colossians 4;2

The Greek word for continuing earnestly means “to be courageously persistent” or “to hold fast and not let go” and refers here to persistent prayer (Acts 1:14; Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).  Being vigilant in its most general sense means to stay awake while praying.  But Paul has in mind the broader implication of staying alert for specific needs about which to pray, rather than being vague and unfocused.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 4:2.