Why Feelings Aren't a Matter of Fact
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 NASB
We women are labeled as “emotional creatures”. Usually, there is a stigma behind this. Emotions aren’t bad within themselves. Being image-bearers, emotions reflect what has been given to us that gives evidence that we are, in fact, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26).
We know from Holy Scriptures that since the fall of man, mankind has been distorted by sin. We who once were made in the perfect likeness of God, are now marred by moral decay. The reflection, though still there, is distorted and so are our emotions.
A lot of times, we as believers, can get swept away and caught up in how we feel instead of standing firm in what we believe. We become immersed in what we “feel” to be true, rather than what the Bible says.
“I don’t feel saved.”
“I don’t feel that God loves me.”
“I don’t feel like praying or reading my Bible.”
If we let our emotions become our master, we should not be alarmed when we live a life of uncertainty and doubt. Those of us who have been born again by God’s grace and good pleasure must remember that we are washed clean. We’ve been given full assurance of faith during uncertainty. And by the blood of our Faithful Savior and High Priest, Jesus Christ, our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscious (Hebrews 10:19-23).
We should be led by truth, not temperament. Stability is not found in the shifting sands of our emotions, but in the security of scripture, and in the God Who does not change (Malachi 3:6). Let us remember when emotions arise the truth of Who God is and who we are in Christ, to cast those anxieties on Him. We may not feel like it at times, but He cares for His children. And that’s the truth (1 Peter 5:7)!
Lord, our God, our emotions were given to us by You. You are the Master of our lives and even so, they are to be submitted to Your will and truth. Remind us of You, our Rock of ages past, when the waves crash around us. Let Your Spirit calm our wayward feelings in submission of Your unwavering truth and grace. In Christ’s Name, we ask. Amen.
Feelings are indicators, not dictators. If you have been feeling a certain way that is contrary to God’s truth, ask God to reveal what lies beneath the feeling. Ask Him to show you the root of what you are feeling and repent and ask Him to lead you in the way of everlasting! Meditate on Psalm 139: 23-24 and make it a part of your daily prayer life!