Wisdom

Accepting His Good Gifts

At the burning bush, Moses received God’s call and clearly felt daunted by the prospect of confronting Pharaoh. The Lord didn’t revoke the assignment but instead provided what Moses needed – his brother Aaron would accompany him on the mission (Exodus 3-4).

The In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 2021, p. 19.

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.

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.

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.