What’s the danger of living your life according to your feelings?
By faith Moses left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
We live in a world that believes in doing whatever feels good at the moment, but living by our feelings makes us easy to manipulate. Feelings are very real, but they are often false. Feelings can make us anxious, even when we when there is nothing to fear. If you watch a scary movie and walk home, you just might convince yourself that you are in danger. God wants us to live by faith, not our feelings. Allowing feelings to control our actions will cause us anxiety at every turn in life. We can only do the impossible when we see the invisible.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When we live by faith we won’t be stuck in fear. When Julie and I lived in Uganda, we went on safari when are family was visiting. One evening we were telling stories of hippo attacks at the parks and the tables around us joined in the conversation. After dinner, we were walking out of the restaurant and a hippo had wandered up the hill and walked right in front of a group of us. Two ladies who had just heard us telling stories of hippo attacks were fifteen feet in front of a wild hippo. Rather than run away, one of the ladies froze in fear. Hippos have terrible vision and this one hadn’t seen her yet. I shouted for her to run when I looked back and saw her frozen in fear. I had to run back and grab her and carry her to safety.
What’s the danger of living your life according to your feelings? Emotions are very powerful and can cause us to just get stuck in life. Only those who see God for who He is, can persist in the most challenging times of life.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Think of a time you put your faith above your feelings. What did you learn through that encounter?