Monday, February 15, 2010

How do you feel? (TROMS Pt 14)

Emotions make great messengers & bad bosses.



Q. What are your feelings saying? What's true?

A. How I feel continually changes - but the answer to this question is one of the few things that consistently remains on the short list of things I know for sure. At any given time, I know for sure how I feel.

B. What's true? That's easy. Truth is real/reality. But knowing what's real, right, wrong, true, false, etc. is not always easy.

Recently I heard a pastor caution against opening your Bible in search of specific answers to particular questions. Instead, he encouraged reading God's word daily, as you'd read most any book, & to look there - where you'd be reading anyhow that day - to see what God has to say about your most pressing questions. This made a lot of sense to me bc I've learned that one can essentially make the Bible say just about whatever they want it to say. In one situation this seems right & in another it doesn't. I believe that's bc there is a time for everything. What's right in this situation might be wrong in that one. By reading God's Word "this way"/daily (well... almost) I find that He faithfully meets me where I'm at - that place where all the variables (circumstances, motives, feelings, etc.) combine to make whatever situation I'm dealing with unique. So
often, when I'm done reading I feel both convicted & encouraged - & so I sense His leading about what to do & what not to do & where to go from here & where not to go from here. This is where my relationship with God gets quite personal. It's hard to explain but nonetheless, from experience, I've found this to be true.

But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.

John 3:21


Scattering Lupines said...

He sounds like a WISE pastor! Very good advice.

I think my feelings are fabricated and driven by crazy hormones two weeks out of every month-- so half of every year! So, those weeks I try to ignore most of my feelings and listen to them the other weeks :)

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MyStory of HiStory said...

Hey M.R. Thanks for your comment here! I deleted it only because I don't use my name on my's not a big deal really - but I just don't. I was glad to see you found me & figured out who I am tho'! :) Feel free to comment anytime. I'm looking forward to reading more of what you have to share over at your end too.

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

So true! I've found reading His word on a regular basis helps us cut through the feelings and get right down to the root of it.