God’s strength is available to all believers who confess their weakness and inadequacy. Sometimes a troubled soul has only enough stamina left to admit, “Father, I absolutely cannot. If You don’t, it is simply not going to happen.” And that’s okay because in this mindset, we surrender ourselves to God. And as we wait, we’re in a good position to watch Him keep His promises.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 27, 2022.
In Ecclesiastes chapter 1, we read about a disheartened Solomon bemoaning how meaningless his existence had become. What Solomon didn’t realize is that our focus determines our level of satisfaction. Those who stay young in spirit continually look for evidence of the Almighty – ways that He’s working, providing, loving, and guiding. Without this perspective, the pain and problems of life take center stage, which can then lead to discouragement and grumbling. These are burdens that believers are not meant to bear.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 7, 2022.
Do you realize Jesus knows what it feels like to have human struggles? Our Savior understands precisely how we feel because He went through the same types of situations we do (Hebrews 4:14-16). Though our specific circumstances don’t match the Lord’s, we have much in common with what He experienced and felt. Jesus suffered exhaustion, hunger, thirst, and pain just as we do. He also knows the heartache of being lonely, misunderstood, hated, rejected, and unjustly treated.
Whatever you’re going through right now, remember that Jesus knows how you feel and sympathizes with your pain and weakness. He may not remove the anguish or change your situation, but He does promise He will always be with you-which is everything.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 7, 2020.
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.