For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:24-25 ESV)
“I do not feel like it.” Ever heard those words? Typically it’s from a kid when you’re trying to get him to do something. Yet, I hear it a lot among Christians who are led by their feelings.
Feelings. Nothing more than feelings. It’s become the great excuse for so many evil things. The reason for divorce, “I didn’t FEEL in love anymore.” The reason for skipping out on the things of God, “I didn’t FEEL like getting up and praying/ reading my Bible/ going to church.” Or “I don’t feel like forgiving.”
Our feelings and our fleshly heart are deceptive. “The heart is desperately wicked,” therefore, cannot be trusted. What can be trusted then? Jesus can be trusted. His Word can be trusted. The Holy Spirit can be trusted.
See, many people who follow their feelings don’t actually know what God’s Word says, or really who Jesus is. They’ve fitted Him together with all their feelings about who God is and should be. We shouldn’t trust in God based on how we feel. We trust Him because we have faith and hope that He will do what He said He would do.
Your faith is not in things seen! It’s in an almighty and awesome God who watches over His Word to perform. He is a good God that says what He means and means what He says. He will never fail you nor forsake you in your weakness. What a great and mighty God we serve!
Father, we understand our feelings are deceptive, and so we cast those things aside that appear so real to us, but are deceptive according to Your Word, and we trust in you to bring the victory, in Jesus name!