Should It Be Faith Or Feelings?

Two best friends were walking home from church. It was a time for laughing and shoulder-nudging. Tim’s Mom looked on approvingly as they enjoyed each other’s company. 

Suddenly, Tim caught Alex off-guard - looking in the wrong direction. To his left was a huge mud-puddle. Into the mud went Alex after a two-handed push from Tim.  

“Why in the world did you do that, Tim?” asked his mother. 

“Well,” came his reply after a moment’s thought, “the devil tricked me!” 

“How?” she wondered. After all, they were walking home from church. 

“Well,” Tim said after thinking for a moment, “when the devil told me to do it, it felt so good I thought it was the Lord talking to me.” 

Scripture, Paul reminds us, is not only inspired by God but was given to us to teach us “what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right!” No small challenge! 

Feelings come and go, but they are not facts that we can safely build our lives upon. There are times when our feelings encourage us to do what is right and avoid doing what is wrong. But, unfortunately, there are many times when our feelings and emotions are distorted by temptations and will lead us in the wrong direction. That’s why God gave us clearly defined directions to follow in our relationships with others. We can find them in His Word if we look.  

Prayer:  Give us faith Lord that is strong enough to take You at Your Word and follow You every day of our lives. May we accept and follow Your guidance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: All the Holy Writings are God-given and are made alive by Him. Man is helped when he is taught God’s Word. It shows what is wrong. It changes the way of a man’s life. It shows him how to be right with God. 2 Timothy 3:16 

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