Faith is Not a Feeling

Feelings change. If our faith is based on our feelings, then what happens when we feel down? Or when we are angered? Or beyond ecstatic?

Should our faith be different when we are weary from a long day at work or upset about fighting family members?

Does your faith waiver when you lose your earthly possessions or you do not get that big raise you were hoping for?

When you are living comfortably, you’re happy, and life is going smoothly, do you require faith?

I look at my own life and feel like I fall in the “comfortable” zone. I sometimes feel like I’d be fine with living my life in this way forever. I love how comfortable I am, I am happy with all of the relationships, and I am content in what I am pursuing in my personal goals. But does there come a time when I am helpless and need faith? Yes, I have faith in God… but at times, because of how I let myself be comfortable with what the world offers, I live my life as if I don’t need Him.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a sinner and I need Jesus… but does my life really reflect that? Don’t most Christians live out their own will and pursue their own desires for most of the time, and just happen to include Jesus on the side so we can also have the assurance of eternity in heaven?

With that said, would I have strong faith in God if my own body failed on me at a young age, if I lost loved ones, if bad things happened in my education or career… or if I didn’t get everything I wanted?

If I didn’t feel moved by the Holy Spirit during praise songs, will I still love Him and desire Him?

If I asked earnestly for something, pleading for a situation to be resolved and He said, “No,” and I was angered by His answer… would that change my faith in Him?

I’m just thinking about a lot of things after reading Hebrews 11

How many times does this passage say “By faith…“?

By faith, Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith, he was commended as righteous…

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death.

… without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.

And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. 

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What am I trying to say?

I dunno. My thoughts are going all tangent-y.

Just find encouragement in the things God has planned for you in eternity, even if things don’t go so well here on earth. Besides, this place is only temporary. What we own? It’s just things… we don’t get to carry those things off with us later.

And don’t judge. Even if you look at someone’s life and think that they are only thinking about their own desires and pursuits, perhaps they are actually wrestling and struggling in their own faith journey.

And don’t judge when someone prays earnestly for some situation and it doesn’t happen (like when some people say, “Aww, you didn’t get it because you didn’t pray hard enough,” or “It means you didn’t have enough faith when you prayed.”)

At the same time, look at all the amazing things that can happen when you put faith in action. 

Let your faith stand firm even when you are sad or mad or everyone thinks you lack faith. And let your faith be strengthened through the Word.

Think of how much nicer the world can be if we just stop judging each other and look to encourage and build up one another at any given time? Too idealistic? I guess. But it won’t hurt to try it, yeah?

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Just some random thoughts for you to think about on this windy Wednesday (I don’t know about you guys but all the trees are going sideways and stuff because it’s so windy in SF!).

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