When You Can’t Trust Your Feelings

You ever felt like God is not listening?  Like God has forgotten about you?  Like God is ignoring your prayers and pleas?  We’ve all felt that way at some point.  But, just because we may feel that way, does that make it true?  Listen to the David is dealing with today in Psalm 31: 21-22:

21Blessed be the LORD!
for he has shown me the wonders of his love in a
besieged city.
22Yet I said in my alarm,
I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes.”
Nevertheless, you heard the sound of my entreaty
when I cried out to you.

sad-man-and-rainDavid is feeling as though God is not listening to him.  Like God has forgotten him.  Like God has shut Himself off from David.   He knows that God has been faithful before (He has shown me the wonders of His love in a besieged city), but now at that time, he feels as though that God is not listening.

That God is not there.

That God does not care.

None the less, he continues to cry out to God.  And guess what?  God heard him.  God heard his cries.  And God rescued him.  God was there, even though it didn’t feel like it. God never left.  God never abandoned.  God was there.

In this Psalm we learn what to do when we feel like God isn’t there. First, continue to seek Him.  Continue to pray.  To read.  To listen.  To worship.  To be present with Him.  Continue to seek His face.

Why?  Because we see second that He is still there.  He hasn’t left.  He hasn’t moved.  He hasn’t abandoned.  God has not left us.  Just because we “feel” it, doesn’t make it true.

When you can’t trust your feelings, trust what you know to be true.  God’s Word says over and over again to us that He will not leave nor forsake us.  He will not abandon us.  He will not forget us.

That is true.  Even if you don’t feel it.

When you do not feel His presence, seek His face still.  He is still there.  No matter what.

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