I can do all things through Christ

Consider God’s divine viewpoint when you have a need. Our problem is not that the Lord won’t provide for us, but that we so often fail to understand what our deepest needs are. God sees from an unlimited perspective and works for our eternal good, providing for us according to His good purposes from the limitless supply of “His riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19). Instead of pleading with God to take away a difficulty, ask Him for strength and a new perspective. Although he may not always deliver you from trials, you can count on Him to help you learn contentment, no matter what your external needs may be.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 23, 2019.

Discerning Direction from God-Part 2

Part 2. Surrender and Ask Wisely. Surrender. If we have not fully yielded ourselves to the Lord, our heart will remain set on our own desires. When that’s the case, we’ll have difficulty perceiving His will (James 4:3). Ask Wisely. God is committed to answering our prayers if we ask according to His will (1 John 5:14-15). Therefore, we must carefully consider if our requests align with His desires as revealed in Scripture.

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

Let Faith Overcome Feelings

What we really need in our trials is wisdom, and that is exactly what James 1:5 tells us to request from God. Instead of focusing on the circumstances and letting feelings overcome our faith, we must shift our thoughts to the Lord and confidently believe He’ll give us the wisdom we need, both to handle the situation and to grow from it. Giving in to doubts is dangerous, and it could develop into a lifestyle of spiritual uncertainty in which we’re “driven and tossed by the wind” (v. 6). When we handle our misgivings in this way, we’ll often make wrong decisions that are costly. How much better it would be to anchor ourselves to the Lord and His Word and ride out the storm in peaceful assurance.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 17, 2018.

Those who are wise

The wise are those having true knowledge, by faith in God’s Word, not only leaders, but others. To shine in glory is a privilege of all the saved. Any who influence others for righteousness shine like stars in varying capacities of light as their reward. The faithfulness of the believer’s witness will determine one’s eternal capacity to reflect God’s glory.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Daniel 12:3.

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.


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.