Feelings lie. This truth became evident as my husband and I talked with a young man who, after becoming sexually active with his girlfriend, was brokenhearted at how far he had moved from following God’s Word. Trying to convince himself that God could bring something good out of their sin, he had continued in the relationship. On the basis of his feelings, a veil of deception tightened over the eyes of his heart. Now he was feeling terrible because he knew he needed to end their relationship. He felt strongly that she was not the woman God wanted him to marry.
Living in a culture where standards shift faster than grains of sand in an hourglass, it’s easy to buy into the lie that truth is relative. After all, who doesn’t feel more comfortable living by what “feels right” in the moment, especially when emotions speak so loudly?
But God’s Word doesn’t change (Psalm 119:89). Consistent for eternity, God’s Word stands, not only as our hope in times of desperation and uncertainty, but also as our light even when we think we’ve got life figured out (Psalm 119:105).
Too often we try to put our house on the firm foundation in the midst of a storm we’ve brought upon ourselves. But, in reality, the building takes place long before the winds rage. It happens in the everyday decisions we make, in the times when the sun is still shining and we’re choosing God’s ways or our own.
Unlike our feelings, God never lies and His plans never fail (Numbers 23:19). There are times when we find it easy to obey His Word because we feel its truth deep in our hearts. But there are also times when we must choose obedience to its truths, whether we feel like it or not.
How have your feelings for someone recently changed? How should this experience change how you view your feelings? Why do you sometimes try to negotiate with God when it comes to obeying Him?
Taken from “Our Daily Journey”