Do you ever get caught up in feelings? I don’t feel like this is the right thing, the right time, the right way. I don’t feel like I can do it or I’m strong enough, smart enough, confident enough. Do you get caught up in making decisions based on those feelings? I have answered yes to both of those questions. I regret the decisions I have made based upon my feelings because they always have led me to disobey God’s Word and stray from him.
Lets take a look in scripture where feelings led to disobedience.
1 Samuel 13:5-14
“The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Mikmash, east of Beth Aven. When the Israelites saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns. Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.” “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.””
Saul allowed his feelings to dictate his obedience when he said, “so I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.” No doubt Saul felt the pressure of the looming threat of the Philistines and the feeling of urgency and fear as his men began to flee and scatter. However, trusting in the Lord was key and obeying his command was imperative. Saul lost the possibility of having his kingdom established over Israel for all time. Instead, his kingdom would not endure and a new man, who desired God’s own heart, would be king.
Feelings and emotions come from the heart and by nature the heart is inherently deceitful. It is when we lay down those feelings to trust God and obey, we have the heart and mind transformed into his likeness. If we build our faith upon our feelings, it is as if we have built upon sand. There is no firm foundation. The daily waves of life will erode our faith away and it will slowly collapse and when the storms hit, it will decimate our faith all together. It is when we build upon the firm foundation (Jesus Christ, His Word) we are able to stand. When daily pressures beat at us we know we can stand firm in his renewed mercies. When the huge storms of life hit and we are battered and beaten, we will once again be able to stand, because of the foundation of truth we have in Christ. How will you live your life, obeying by feelings that change as the wind or will you choose to trust and obey past what you feel today?
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Jeremiah 17:9 NIV
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2 NIV
““Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.””
Matthew 7:24-27 NIV