God has been teaching me how to ‘take Him at His Word’ no matter how I’m feeling. I am learning to remind myself that even when I’m feeling one way or another, it doesn’t mean that these emotions line up with reality.
I recently finished a book that a friend gave to me as a gift soon after I became a Christian: Faith is Not a Feeling: Choosing to Take God at His Word by Ney Bailey. I only wish I’d read it sooner! Here are some gleanings from what I have been learning:
Choosing to Take God at His Word
It is a matter of putting aside how I feel and choosing to trust in what His Word says instead of my own feelings. God and His Word are constant and will never perish. My feelings, however, are ever changing and often reflect my over-analysis or over-reaction to life.
One of the feelings I’ve dealt with lately is feeling worthless or unloved. But despite such feelings affecting me at times, I know that God loves me because His Word says so, and there are many verses to prove it!
As Psalm 119:76 states, God loves us unfailingly:
May Your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to Your promise to Your servant.
& in Psalm 36:7, for a second example:
How priceless is Your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Like me, you may find yourself worrying about needless things, which reveals to us that we are not trusting in God and His Word as we should. During such moments, we can remind ourselves:
- God will take care of us and our concerns (1 Peter 5:7)
- God is faithful – always (1 Corinthians 1:8-9)
- His love for us is immeasurably wide, long, high and deep (Ephesians 3:18-19)
- God works in all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28)
Choosing to take God at His Word: An important new habit to put into practice.
As we remind ourselves of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness, our emotions will lose their power over us. As we study the Scripture and meditate on God’s Word, our minds and emotions will be transformed. Our feelings will come into greater alignment with Christ as we choose to take Him at His Word.