What are you led by? What directs your decisions, actions, words, and thoughts?
As believers , were called to live by faith. And yet so many of us choose to live by something else-our feelings. Have you ever made a decision because it simply “felt right”? Have you ever said something because it “felt like the perfect moment “? I know I have. Before I became a believer, I lived fully by feeling. My feelings informed my reactions to life and directed my every step. If a pathway wasn’t accomplished by a nice feeling, it wasn’t the one I took.
Shortly after I became a believer, I still lived by my feelings rather than my faith. I doubted my salvation because it didn’t feel real. I struggled to believe that God still loved me when sinned because I couldn’t feel His love. I often gave into temptation to sin because it felt better that obedience. My worship time was completely regulated by my feelings as well-if I felt near to God, then I had worshipped effectively and right.
Do you live by your feelings? Do you live in a similar way I did? If so, consider what God’s Word has to say about our feelings and what living by faith actually looks like.
Your Feelings Can’t Be Trusted
The Bible is quick to tell us that our feelings (or hearts, more accurately) can’t be trusted.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it.” ( Jeremiah: 17-9)
Why are our hearts deemed so untrustworthy? Why. They are constantly changing and affected by sin.
Our feelings are about as certain as the sand on the beach . The sand is always being moved, pushed forward and backward by both wind and water. It’s kicked and thrown by people running across it, children building with it, and dogs digging in it. It may appear to be a solid foundation for your sandcastle, but add just a little to much water and the entire building will collapse.
Our feelings are no different than that sand. They’re easily changed by people and circumstances. One moment you could be happily reading a book in your favorite chair, and a few minutes later be angered by the trail of mud someone brought in. You may have felt down when you first woke up this morning, but after exercising with your favorite play list, your day is looking a lot brighter. Our feelings are fickle.