Often our feelings and emotions are mistakenly substituted for faith. Pleasurable emotions and deep, satisfying experiences are part of the Christian life, but they are not the essence of it. Trials, conflicts, battles and testings lie along the way and are to be counted not as misfortunes but rather as part of our necessary discipline.
In all of these various experiences, we are to rely on the indwelling of Christ in our hearts, regardless of our feelings, as we walk obediently before him. And this is where many Christians get into trouble. They try to walk by feelings rather than by faith …
Be sure to distinguish between the fact of God’s presence and the feeling of the fact. It is actually a wonderful thing when our soul feels lonely and deserted, as long as our faith can say, “I do not see you, Lord, nor do I feel your presence, but I know for certain you are graciously here—exactly where I am and aware of my circumstances.” Remind yourself again and again with these words: “Lord, you are here.”
~ London Christian ~
Trust God’s Word and his power more than you trust your own feelings and experiences. Remember, your Rock is Christ, and it is the sea that ebbs and flows with the tides, not him.
~ Samuel Rutherford ~
Keep your eyes firmly fixed on the infinite greatness of Christ’s finished work and his righteousness … Do not allow your life and emotions to be tossed back and forth against each other like ships idly moored at port. The Christian life is not one of listless brooding over our emotions … if we cower in the lowlands of feelings and emotions, we will find ourselves entangled in a thousand nets of doubt, despair, temptation and unbelief. “Put your hope in God” (Psalm 42:5).
~ J. R. Macduff ~
When I cannot feel the faith of assurance, I live by the fact of God’s faithfulness.
~ Matthew Henry ~