When my daughters were young, one of them used the word feelers for feelings. We thought it was cute and never corrected it, in fact, we all adopted that word. When someone was hurt, they would say “that hurts my feelers”. For young children it was cute to confuse feelings with feelers, but for an adult, it isn’t so cute. Antennas or feelers are used by some animals to guide their path; to help them find their way. It’s how God made them. For me to use feelings as feelers though is not why God gave me feelings. Feelings are a part of being human, good feelings and the not so good, but they aren’t intended to be what guides our life.
In the years since I became a Christian, there have been times when I have not felt saved, or redeemed or forgiven or even worthy of love. But feelings are not what guides my faith. The truth from the Bible is that I am saved, redeemed, forgiven and worthy of love only because of what Jesus did on my behalf. I have to take that by faith regardless of how I feel. In the same way, I have to take by faith that my body is healed regardless of the feelings it may have at the moment. So when pain rears its ugly head, I have to remember the truth and that is that Jesus is Jehovah Rapha, the God that healeth me! The feelings I have are not the truth; feelings are fickle and subject to change. God’s Word is the truth and if He says by His stripes I am healed, then I am healed and these feelings have to line up with that truth. And I believe they will.
What about you? Are you being led by feelings and not by faith? Are you feeling unworthy, unlovable, unforgiven? Can I just say that feelings aren’t a reliable guide to the truth about ourselves, but God’s word is and it changeth not. God changes not. He is the same – yesterday, today, forever.
“Being healed is being saved in a physical sense.” F.F. Bosworth
Jehovah Rapha, my God who heals me. How merciful and gracious You are to me. Thank You for Your unchanging Word, for Your unchanging character and Your unchanging love for me. Thank You that my body lines up with the Word of God and I am healed. Thank You that whether I feel forgiven or not, Your word tells me I am. In Jesus’s name. Amen
reprinted from my blog godhappenings.wordpress.com
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