Why are we able to take some challenges in stride and others level us? I’m not sure, but I know I’m more likely to stumble when emotions connected to past wounds are unleashed. Of course, my spiritual enemy is right there to magnify any offense.
I consider myself to be pretty resilient. But recently something small, very small, caused me to stumble. Actually, it was two small things on top of each other.
I sat down with my journal and dumped out my hurt emotions. Usually, I’m able to identify the lies I’m believing and find relief when I ask God for His perspective. But this time, my feelings didn’t budge. The evidence supporting my injured emotions felt more reliable than the truth I knew.
That night as I slept God reminded me of a story concerning Elisha and his servant. The king of Aram was angry with Elisha and wanted to capture him.
So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city.
When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. ‘Oh, sir, what will we do now?’ the young man cried to Elisha.
‘Don’t be afraid!’ Elisha told him. ‘For there are more on our side than on theirs!’ Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire” (2 Kings 6:14-17 NLT).
Ironically, I’m writing a Bible study on faith out of Hebrews chapter 11. This scene from Elisha’s life reminded me of verse one. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (NASB).Faith doesn’t need physical evidence to believe. It looks at the character of the One who spoke. Click To Tweet
Faith doesn’t need physical evidence to believe. It looks at the character and reliability of the One who spoke worlds into being. To live by sight, like Elisha’s servant, subjects us to the domination of turbulent emotions. To live by faith, like Elisha, makes us triumphant. Faith knows the reality of the invisible, spiritual world.
I jotted down truths my faith knows.
- Loves me (Jer. 31:3; Jn. 3:16)
- Values me (Matt. 6:26)
- Leads me (Ps. 23:3)
- Provides for my needs (Ps. 23:1)
- Didn’t mess up when He made me (Ps. 139:13-14)
- Has given me everything I need to live a satisfying life and to glorify Him (2 Pet. 1:3)
- Is bigger than any mistake I make (Rom. 8:28).
Biblical truth cut through my emotional/spiritual fog and untied the knots that had bound me.
Are you in a battle? Does it feel like your emotions are winning instead of your faith? Take them to the Lord and ask Him to open your eyes. Some feelings may be stubborn, but don’t dismay. They eventually go away when we take our thoughts captive and meditate on God’s truth.Does it feel like your emotions are winning instead of your faith? #hope #victory Click To Tweet
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