Our feelings are fickle but Godâ€™s word is unchanging. There may be several factors, righteous and otherwise, which will influence our emotions, yet the Bible stands as our unalterable source of divine information providing eternal clarity regarding Godâ€™s values and priorities. This is why the Bible must serve as our perpetual guide for decision-making. God repeatedly warns us to â€œnot lean on our own understandingâ€ (Pr.3:5) but instead to affirm with David that Godâ€™s word is â€œa lamp to my feet and a light to my pathâ€ (Ps.119:105).
It is tragic that much of modern Christianity has advocated a shift from objectively thinking our way through the Christian life in the light of Godâ€™s written word, to subjectively feeling our way through the Christian life being pushed and prodded by our fluctuating emotional impulses. How many clear passages of Scripture are ignored because Christians donâ€™t â€œfeel itâ€? How many express commands in the Bible are disobeyed because Godâ€™s people donâ€™t â€œfeel ledâ€? This should never be. We must act on Godâ€™s inscribed directives, not our shifting sentiments.
So may we all reaffirm the historic Christian resolve to subject the entirety of our lives to the authority of Godâ€™s word, even when our feelings are left to catch up.
-- Pastor Mike
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