Faith Can Lead Feelings:
Little Faith, Much Feeling – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34
Key Verse: Matthew 6:30
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
As we come toward the end of this series on our feelings, we need to know we are not victims of them. Once we determine that a feeling is not appropriate, we have the power to act upon faith rather than feelings. The title for today and tomorrow’s devotional is: “Little Faith, Much Feeling.” I believe that is a principle we must respect. If we are very emotional and tend to follow our feelings, faith is left in the dust. If we can increase our faith, our feelings can be controlled appropriately.
In our scripture reading for today, Jesus is dealing with these inappropriate feelings. He is reminding us who believe that our Father in heaven is well able to take care of us and He will! Worry and stress over these things are feelings that don’t fit into a Christ follower’s life. These fear filled feelings cause damage to our bodies and we are to be enjoying abundant living. For example, if you are approached by an angry dog, adrenalin pumps into your system, so you can run faster. Your blood pressure is doubled; sugar levels increase in your system. The more fear you feel, the more your eyes dilate, and your digestive system stops functioning so all energy can be given to the perceived danger. After the fear is gone, your body will feel weak and exhausted over the experience. If we allow fear to be a regular feeling, we will die prematurely. Jesus calls His follower to abundant living, which conquers feelings with faith and walks in peace!
Father, I want to enjoy the life you provide. Help me today to overcome inappropriate feelings with faith in you! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.