We live in a feelings oriented society. How many times have we heard the reporter on television ask the question, “How do you feel?”
He asks it of the young man who just won the gold medal at the Olympics. He asks it of the woman who just lost her whole family in a tragic accident. He asks it of the old man who won the lottery. “How do you feel?”
Do you ever feel like shouting at the guy on television? Quit asking those questions!!! Can't you guess how they're feeling?!! Why do reporters insist on asking questions with obvious answers?
Could it be because there is nothing more important to our culture than how we’re feeling at any particular time? We are trained from birth to believe that how we feel is of utmost importance.
Well, as long as he’s happy, that’s the important thing.
Yes, I know you’re right, but I just don’t feel like being responsible. I’m happy with my life as it is.
I want a divorce. I’m not in love with you anymore.
We tend to focus on feelings, while the Bible focuses on truth. That’s why it’s so important to abide in God’s Word. As we read His Word, His truth invades our thoughts and allows us to see life from His perspective.
Oh, that’s right, loving God and loving others is the most important thing.
Oh, I forgot, it’s not what I feel that counts, but what God asks me to do.
Oh yeah, God hates divorce. I better learn to love.
Truth transforms. If we only pour our feelings out when we journal, the tendency is to see things only from our own point of view. True cleansing comes when we choose to stop feeling sorry for ourselves, and instead see our problems through God's eyes.
As we view our problems through His eyes with a willingness to die to self in order to live for Him, those feelings of self-pity will dissolve. His peace will fill our souls.
In fact, we can almost imagine what we might say to the reporter, “Of course, I’m devastated. But my God is good, and if He has allowed this to happen to me, then I don't need to worry. He will provide.”