Your emotions go up and down, but God is dependable.
One reason we have trouble trusting God is that we trust our emotions. Our emotions go up and down, but God never changes.
The Bible is the Word of God. It draws us closer to Jesus, instructs us, inspires us, comforts us, convicts us of sin, and tells us how to live godly lives.
The Bible covers it all, including marriage, parenting, communication, forgiveness, decision-making, finances, temptation, and depression.
The One who created us shows us in his Word how to live fulfilling, joyful lives.
We shouldn’t be controlled by our feelings, but that doesn’t mean all our emotions are bad. God gave us emotions, and they are part of what it means to be human.
We can enjoy them.
We can learn from (and be warned by) them.
We can (sometimes) be guided by them.
It’s hard not to do what our emotions tell us. If we feel angry, we may stew quietly, make critical comments, or blow up.
If we feel jealous, we may level bitter attacks on others. When we think no one loves us, we may slip into depression. These are normal responses, yet the Bible shows us how to look at what’s happening on a deeper level.
We live by faith, not by sight.
(2 Corinthians 5:7)
When you try to look at things through Jesus’ eyes, it helps you grasp the big picture and not get so caught up in your emotions.
Practice self-awareness as you go through the day. Listen to your thoughts and your emotions. Then, when you notice you aren’t trusting God in an area of your life, ask God to help you trust his Word.
Instead of believing your emotions, choose to believe what the Bible says.
Doug Britton, MFT