Trusting God, Not Our Feelings

Feelings exist for good purposes. They can be warning signs that something is not right in our lives. They can sweeten the highs of life. But if we trust them for guidance, they can mislead us. Our feelings don’t always reflect the truth of a situation.

I have owned a particular JanSport backpack for many years. I packed it to and from high school. I used it through college. I’ve stuffed it with clothes for overnight trips. When our first backpack diaper bag ripped beyond my repair abilities, we started using my purple JanSport as our diaper bag. Let me tell you, it is one tough bag. But one of the straps has started to rip away from the bag.

JanSport covers its bags with a lifetime warranty. All I have to do is fill out a form and pay for the postage to send it to them. They will repair the bag or replace it for free.

I’ve heard from others that JanSport honors its promise. But I have yet to see for myself.

God is another matter. He keeps His promises. I’ve heard this from others, and I’ve seen it for myself.

Here is a promise for those who seek God in prayer: “The Lord is near to all who call on him, / to all who call on him in truth” (Psalm 145:18, NIV).

Regardless of our emotions during a time of prayer, God is drawing us near. Whether we feel His nearness or feel alone, God’s presence is still there.

If the Creator of the Universe draws me near when I pray (and I’m not even a speck sizewise of His creation), what a generous gift prayer is!

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