There is great emphasis in our culture today on feelings. Even in many churches we find this shift. I am in no way against emotion (I’m a pretty emotional guy), but knowledge always comes before feelings. Truth is a much stronger foundation than the shifting sands of sentimentality.
When we talk about feelings, we are going into ourselves where things are constantly changing. And let’s face it, focusing on ourselves is easy and comes naturally. When we talk about truth we are looking outside of ourselves to things that are sure and true no matter how we feel. The answers that we need are not found within us. Our feelings will inevitably lead us astray into dangerous territory.
If I’m honest with myself, some days I forget about God completely and do my own thing. I get wrapped up in the relentless demands of life and my own agenda. His word seems dull and unimportant. My shallow heart wanders, leaving me feeling empty and cold inside. When we look inside we will find no hope or peace and no motivation to worship anybody but ourselves.
We must look outside of ourselves to the one who made us and has saved us. Who loves us in spite of our sin. Who does not change as we do. Who has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Who richly forgives our sinful, wandering, restless hearts in Christ Jesus.
Alistair Begg masterfully makes this point better than I ever could in this short clip as he explains an experience he had at a local church.
God has revealed himself to us in his Word. We must be grounded in the scriptures to get a better understanding of who God is, what he has done for us and how we should respond in faith and gratitude. If we live by our feelings, it won’t be long before we are drowning in despair. When we are tossed around by the waves of circumstance and fickle emotions, God’s word is a sure and steady anchor for our weak and fainting souls.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” – Isaiah 26:3-4