These days we love to communicate with friends on social media. Liking and commenting on posts and updating your status is getting easier each day. Now, there’s even an option to let your friends know how you’re “feeling” on facebook. There are over 75 different feelings to choose from! From happy, excited, fabulous, positive, sad, annoyed, heartbroken, silly, and hungry.
But as I scroll through my news feed these days, I can’t help but think about how we are so quick, probably too quick, to define ourselves (and our situations) by the way we are feeling. With just the click of a button we label ourselves as worried, frustrated, depressed, hopeless. The truth is, we are human beings created with emotions. We get excited when things go our way and we get discouraged when it seems like things don’t work out. But if we’re not careful, our feelings will shape our perspective, they can even shape how we view God.
As humans, our feelings are changing day to day, so it’s important to never let them influence how we see God. Let me put it this way, is your level of faith currently being defined by your situation and how you’re feeling? Or is your faith being defined by God’s word which is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow?
Are you feeling worried and putting limits on what God can do at your school or workplace? Or are you standing in faith and believing for favor and provision!
Are you feeling depressed about your marital problems and allowing emotions to control your decisions? Or are you handing your burdens over to Jesus and trusting that he can make all things work together for your good!
Are you feeling discouraged and tired and contemplating giving up? Or are you holding on to God’s promise that those who hope in the Lord will not grow weary!
In Hebrews 11:1, faith is defined as “the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen.” See, faith is all about taking God’s promises as truth regardless of what things look like. And that’s impossible to do if you’re being ruled by your emotions. Right now you are either trusting God to handle your situation in faith or you’re limiting what God can do by letting your feelings define your circumstance.
Every day we decide whether we will operate on Faith or on feelings. I want to challenge you to make the conscious decision today to “walk by faith and not by sight.” Don’t be so quick to define your situation by how you are feeling. Give God your worries, your frustrations, and your sadness and watch Him turn your situation around!
-Pastor Jimmy Tsai