Welcome. I’m glad you stopped by today. You are on my mind. I wonder. Do you ever feel like God is distant whenever you face disaster? Why do you think you feel this way? Is it because of your circumstances? Or do you feel like God isn’t listening or doing anything to relieve your pain or fix your troubles?
Over the years, I’ve discovered that I base a lot on my feelings. I make decisions and assumptions based on how I feel. At times, my feelings are so strong they even override the facts. Take 2 Corinthians 4:8 for example. It states, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.” I understand the “facts” in this verse, but my feelings shout, DESPAIR, DESPAIR when I’m pressed on all sides!
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying that your feelings or mine are wrong. I am saying that they are not always dependable. However, God’s Word is! Sometimes, it “feels” like God has abandoned us, but the “fact” is He hasn’t. How do I know? Because He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. And that’s a fact!
Sometimes, it’s as simple as separating our “feelings” from the “facts” that helps us see God at work. Doing so also helps us discover the truth about ourselves, God, and our circumstances.
Look at it this way…
Right now, you may be surrounded by trouble too. Maybe you’re not dealing with damaged property due to flood waters, but you’ve got troubles and you “feel” alone. The “fact” of the matter is, you’re not. You cannot be hedged in because you are not without help. You have a great support. God is your helper. Therefore, you don’t have to be perplexed, uncertain, or concerned about your future. God has promised to deliver you. Even if you are being persecuted by your enemies, rejected or cast down, God says, “I will never leave you.”
Don’t you agree that separating your “feelings” from the “facts” gives us a sense of peace, hope and stability?
Here are some more “feelings” and “facts” that need separation…
You may feel that God had abandoned you. But the fact is that God has promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you; therefore He has not abandoned you. (Hebrews 13:5)
You may feel hopeless in your situation. But the fact is that God promises He will work all things for good to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)
You may feel that you’re without wisdom, but the fact is God is able to give me the kind of wisdom I need because Jame 1:5 says “if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
You may feel weak and helpless, but the fact is God says, “I give power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increases their strength.” (Isaiah 40:29)
You may feel worried about your future, but the fact is God promises to “supply all your needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
You may feel discouraged about your walk with God, but the fact is God says “be confident that he who has begun a good work in you will complete it” (Philippians 1:6)
You may feel shame about your choices, but the fact is “there is now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
Micca Campbell-Helping Women Live Carefree in God’s Care