Friday, March 7, 2008
Feelings Vs. Truth
(If you are here for Lysa's recipe swap, you can click here to skip to that post. I'm sorry that I forgot to link directly to that post)
Arriving at a huge road block in our adoption journey has not been easy. My emotions have been all over the map.
My feelings have been telling me God has tricked us and betrayed us. I remember the call He placed on my heart and my husband's heart. Neither one of us desired to adopt, but God did an amazing and miraculous work on both of us that led us to the point of being able to say, "Yes."
Then our hearts moved from being able to say yes, to desiring this new child very much. But our journey to obey has met obstacle after obstacle and now we are unable to move forward. Whether or not this is a temporary or permanent stop along the way, we don't know.
So, is it true that God tricked us into wanting this, into beginning the journey? Did He set me up for further disappointment? Can I trust my feelings as trustworthy? The answer to all of the above is no.
I am so grateful that truth is not dependent upon how I feel or upon circumstances I don't understand. God has given me a resource for unchanging Truth, the standard to measure all circumstances against. The Bible.
I can see the fault in my emotions by reading this:
"Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
I can trust the call we heard by reading this:
"When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice." John 10:4
I can trust God's heart for orphans by reading this:
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
I can learn how to respond to this by reading this:
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6