Feelings come and go. Teens can fall in and out of love as a matter of course. A person can “feel” they’ve bought the ideal house until they live in it and start seeing all its defects. One might “feel” they have the ideal friend until they’ve been betrayed. Terrorists “feel” they are righteous in their suicide bombings. Satan worshipers “feel” they are right in their practices.
Feelings are temporary. Truth is eternal. Feelings change depending on many circumstances — known and unknown. Truth does not change.
When I was younger, I had a friend who was very excited about becoming a Christian. She exuberantly took part in youth activities, Bible study and church attendance — that is until she felt God did not answer a prayer. On a whim, she became an atheist and moved so that she would not have to face her Christian friends any more.
Her faith was based on the “feeling” that if she “believed”, God would grant her whatever she asked for. In her immaturity, God was more of a genie in a bottle than the LORD Almighty, our Savior, and our heavenly Father. With her seemingly unanswered prayer, she suddenly “felt” that the Bible did not contain the answers she once sought.
Just think of the horrendous agony her feelings misled her in. I sometimes wonder if she is still allowing her feelings to lead her instead of God’s eternal truths as recorded in the Bible. That could mean fifty plus years of doubts, fears and misgivings. It’s all unnecessary.
People often have feelings that lead to disillusions and they are like Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13:19 about seed falling on different grounds. He said,
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.”
In these instances, it is not God’s word or love that has changed. The heart of that person was depending on feelings and had a lack of understanding. Because we are fickle sinners we need to become grounded in truth so that our trials and temptations do not sway us into unbelief, wrong doctrines, or sinful lifestyles.
“Feelings” have led people into adultery, homosexuality, Satan worship and all sorts of traps.
So, how can we tell the difference between our feelings and truth? Study will show that the Bible is a compilation of history books that recorded God’s prophecies and how they came true, even thousands of years later. In awe, Peter explains our living hope in 1 Peter, chapter 1. He quotes Isaiah, “The word of the LORD abides forever.”
In other words, the Bible proves that God keeps His word. The Bible proves that it speaks the truth. God’s word does not change. God’s witness in the Bible gives clear testimony that God causes His every word to come true. If we want any comfort in this world, we need to listen to God’s living testimony in His word, the Bible — always remembering that “The word of the LORD abides forever.” It has not changed over thousands of years. The Bible is God’s witness to us.
False preachers will twist God’s word, so that people will think it says something different, but the actual Bible has not changed. That’s why it is so very important to study God’s eternal word. It’s God’s way of speaking to us.
In Jesus’ day, the Jews had differences in doctrines and they would test Jesus with their questions. Jesus always taught them by using scripture and even had to chide them in Matthew 22:29 by saying,
“You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God.”
In other words, they thought they had studied scripture, but in actuality, they had only studied the traditions of men, which were written on other scrolls. Then they “felt” that the other writer sounded pretty well right, so they accepted his opinion as truth, without checking it out in scripture. So Jesus had to point out their lack of understanding.
Check everything out with the Bible — God’s testimony to us, His dear children.
( This post was written in June 2007 and posted on a website that does not keep an online archive. )
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.