When I was younger, I believed that the Lord would bless only the things I do willingly. If I did not feel like doing something, then I should not do it, because after all, the Lord knows my heart. He knew I did not want, nor did I feel like doing, whatever it was that I should be doing. Should I obey if I don’t feel like it? Are my feelings required in obedience? There is a beautiful story in the Bible about a man called Jonah. It is the 32nd book of the Old Testament and there are only three chapters. The Lord told Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn the citizens of impending judgment. But Jonah didn’t want to. As far as he was concerned, the people deserved God’s punishment. Read the story. It is really a beautiful story of a man’s disobedience and God’s amazing grace. When feelings and obedience align, there is this instant gratification. “Yes! We can do this, Lord!” But when there is that tug of war between my feelings and obedience? Which one wins? Which will get the victory? Truthfully, obedience will triumph, when my life is in accordance with the Word of God. What do we do with obedience to the Word of God when we don’t feel like it?
You asked me to love, but indifferent is how I feel (I John 4:11)
You asked me to forgive, but bitter is how I feel (Colossians 3:13)
You said, ‘have faith’, but anxious is how I feel (James 1:6)
You said to be content, but jealous is how I feel (Hebrews 13:5)
You said to be kind, but violent is how I feel (Ephesians 4:32)
You said to be cheerful, but angry is how I feel (Psalm 68:3)
You said to be patient, but frustrated is how I feel (Ephesians 4:2)
You said to be gentle, but spiteful is how I feel (Philippians 4:5)
Should I then acknowledge my feelings and go with it? Or should I apply self control and intentionally choose to obey the Word of God? Should I surrender to my feelings and give it control? Should I do what I feel and then plead for grace? Should I submit to God’s authority and rather, beg for strength? Should I wait for my feelings to catch up with obedience? What shall I choose to do today? Should I obey in spite of how I feel? What will you choose today? Here is a similar blog post written about this topic.
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What will you choose today? Feelings or obedience?