Why We Should Not Trust Our Emotions

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Have you been feeling like the Lord is far away?

Are you picking your brain wondering why you are feeling distant, or questioning if you did
something wrong?

I found myself asking these questions during the first couple of weeks back at school. I moved into a new house, started work, started classes, and had sorority recruitment happening at the same time… talk about a whirlwind. In the midst of all of these activities I found myself saying the same prayer as my head hit the pillow:

I pray to feel more of you Lord.

I was not “feeling” the Lord as much as I had just a few short weeks before moving back to school and to be honest it was scary. I was feeling like something was a little off, and that the Lord felt distant. The idea of distance was something I had never felt on my walk and I couldn’t help but worry about it.

Was the Lord mad at me? I do admit I had not been spending as much time with my Bible as I had before school activities started (probably the culprit of my anxious feelings!) Did the Lord know my heart and my desire to be close to him, was it “too late”?

After digging deeper into God’s word, and talking with another daughter in Christ (My Mom!), I realized that me not “feeling” the Lord is based off of exactly that, emotions. It’s not that the Lord was not there, or that he was distancing himself from me. It was me lacking faith and projecting my feelings onto the Lord. I have been burdening myself with guilt and worry instead of having faith in the ultimate truth:

Nothing we ever do will separate us from God’s love.

Our fears of inadequacy, our worry, our shortcomings, our mistakes…nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord // Romans 8:39

Jesus revealed His everlasting love for us when he died on the cross for our sins. He sacrificed
himself for us: the undeserving, sinful, and imperfect, because he loves us THAT much!! I can’t even wrap my mind around that truth!

Whether our life feels like it is in a tailspin, or we are waiting for something great, God knows what we need and ALWAYS welcomes us with open arms. We don’t win His favor or love by doing life perfectly, and he continues to meet us right where we are.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” // Matthew 11:28-30

Let’s not rely on our emotions as truth, and instead put our energy into having faith, reading His word, and resting in the fact that His love for us is unconditional and eternal. It is more than a human mind can possibly imagine.

I pray now to have FAITH in the Lord’s love for me, that I would be able to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge
(Ephesians 3:18-19) and to share that love with others.

Thank you Lord for blessing me with the opportunity to write for Delight. This has been one of
the most rewarding and eye opening experiences for me and I pray that your fellow daughters
would continue to write and share their love for you. That you would work through them, that
they would shine your bright light and share your truth for all those who need to hear it. That all would love as you love us.

Maddie Owens // @maddieowens23