Isaiah

Your strength


Staying focused on the Lord can be hard. The flesh prefers to seek security by thinking through all possible angles. Our tendency is to weigh what we think could happen against what “experts” say will happen, and then to evaluate possible ways of preventing our worst fears from coming true. Instead of becoming more confident, we begin to realize how powerless we are. Thankfully, we serve an almighty God who says, “Surely I will help you”. We can count on Him. By focusing on our circumstances, we’re actually choosing to feel anxiety and doubt. But these emotions don’t belong in a believer’s daily life. Instead, trust in the promises God has given us. He’s filled His Word with scriptural anchors to keep His children steady in the faith.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 29, 2019.

Discerning Direction from God-Part 4


Part 4. Wait. God promises to act on the behalf of those who wait (Isaiah 64:4). Therefore, we must resist the urge to run ahead of Him by trying to fix the situation ourselves or manipulate circumstances to get our desired outcome.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 8, 2019.

He is calling


None of us want to waste time or energy on trivial things and thereby miss the exciting fulfillment of God’s will. He has called us, not to a life of comfortable tradition, but to an adventure of obedience. Answer His call – you’ll help fill His kingdom with people from every tribe and nation.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 22, 2018.

Interceding for a Nation


From our perspective as individual citizens, nations wield great power and authority, and it seems as if one person would be unable to bring about any change. But Christians can impact a nation with their prayers. In fact, the way we can play a part in reversing the downward trajectory of a nation is by interceding for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2-4). As James 5:16 tells us, the prayers of a righteous person can accomplish much. We should faithfully appeal to God on behalf of our country’s leaders.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional, July 4, 2022.

The greatness of God


Isaiah 40:12-31


Some people think God is a force somewhere in the cosmos, while others picture a benevolent grandfather type who overlooks “little” sins. But these characteristics do not fully capture who Jehovah is. The real God might surprise you. As the Father reveals Himself in His Word, it’s clear He is a person. Throughout Scripture, He is named (Yahweh, Elohim, Lord) or spoken of using masculine pronouns (He, Him); “it” is never used to describe Him. He fits all of the attributes of personhood – intelligence to reason, emotions to feel, and the will to make decisions. At the same time, Scripture also shows God’s immutability, which means His nature and character never shift – He is always Spirit, and His love remains constant. Believers can expect that God’s principles and laws will hold true and He’ll act exactly as He has promised. While He responds differently to various situations, those responses (like delight, anger, and mercy) are nuances of His being, not new traits. God has no beginning or end, and He is always the same (Psalm 102:27). No one created Him; God simply is. That’s hard for humans to understand, but if the Lord were completely explainable (Isaiah 40:28), He would be unworthy of worship.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, October 23, 2021.

Our Best versus God’s Best

When you have a decision to make, do you focus on God and His Word or on the problem you’re facing? Are you quick to follow someone else’s advice, or simply follow your own plan, before seeking guidance in the Scriptures? Although your plan may seem like the most promising option, if you have left God out, it’s very possible you’ve become an obstacle to what He desires for you. When you are tempted to take matters into your own hands, remember the Lord’s guidance: “In quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15). When you follow Him, He’ll guide you to the optimal path for your life.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 2, 2021.