FAITH IS NOT ABOUT FEELINGS
May 14, 2020
“It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27 NLT).
There is a strong belief in our culture that influences every one of us, whether we want it to or not: If it feels good, do it. But when you allow yourself to be manipulated by your moods, you are living your life according to your feelings. God wants you to live a different kind of life. He wants you to live a life of faith, not a life of feelings.
We don’t always feel like doing the right thing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always feel like being kind to people. I don’t always feel like putting others first. I don’t always feel like stopping what I’m doing to help someone.
But God wants us to respond in faith, not according to our feelings.
Anybody who’s successful at anything ends up doing things they don’t feel like doing. Olympic athletes exercise when they don’t feel like it. Great musicians practice their craft, even when they’re tired. If you’re going to be great at your career, you’re going to have to put in the hours that no one else wants to put in.
If you want to deepen your relationship with God, you spend time with him even when you don’t feel like it. People who have a regular, consistent time with God didn’t get there because every morning they woke up and wanted to spend time with God. They got there because they woke up and spent time reading the Bible and praying even if they were tired or didn’t feel like it.
Faith includes pressing forward no matter how tired you are or how many other things you think you should or wish you could be doing.
In the Bible, Moses is an example of how to respond in faith, regardless of your feelings. Hebrews 11:27 says, “It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible” (NLT).
That’s how you keep going in faith. You begin to see the invisible. Only those who see God for who he really is can persist in the most difficult times of life. Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. Believe in faith what God can do in your life, and thank him in advance for how he is going to it.