Faith and Feelings

There are times when our feelings line up with our faith and that is great. There are also times where feelings don’t connect well to our faith and that is okay too. In the Bible, we are taught to “Live by Faith and not by Sight.” ( 2 Corinthians 5:7) In other words, there will be times when we need to trust God and go on in spite of the circumstances. Our faith and personal relationship with God is not limited to our emotions. D.L. Moody describe it this way… “I thank God my salvation doesn’t rest upon my feelings. I would not give much for a hope that is based upon my treacherous heart. But I tell you that a hope that is based upon Jesus Christ’s word, is a hope worth having.”

There have been times in my life that for whatever reason, I did not feel close to God. It was not that I was doing anything wrong, I just felt numb. I can remembering praying to the Lord, and telling Him, I was going to trust Him, worship Him, and follow Him, even if I did not feel like it. That was a big turning point for me, liberating me from being so dependent upon my changing circumstances or moods. Dr. Eugene Peterson states that: “My feelings are important for many things. They are essential and valuable. But they tell me next to nothing about God or my relationship to God.My security comes from who God is, not from how I feel. Discipleship is a decision to live by what I know about God, not what I feel about Him or my neighbors.”

When you look through the Bible you find a tremendous parade of people who did just that: Abraham, Noah, Joseph, Moses,Elijah, Ruth, and the list goes on and on. These are examples for us to follow as they did, by faith more than feelings. So, the next time you are dealing with going by what you know is right or just your feelings, go with your faith in God. He knows what is best for us. When you and I have difficulty with a car or an appliance, the manufacturer provides an owner’s manual. Oftentimes, we can find the answer to what has gone wrong with those things. God not only created us, but He also wrote His Manual for us … the Bible. Samuel Rutherford said “Believe God’s Word more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flow, but the sea.”

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