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.

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.

Difficult to see

It is difficult to recognize pride as sin when it is held up on every side as a virtue, urged as profitable, and rewarded as an achievement. What is described in Scripture as the basic sin, the sin of taking things into your own hands, being your own god, grabbing what is there while you can get it, is now described as basic wisdom: improve yourself by whatever means you are able; get ahead regardless of the price; take care of me first. For a limited time it works. But at the end the devil has his due. There is damnation.

Commentary from A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Master Work Lessons Bible study, Fall 2020, by Eugene Peterson.