More than a feeling

“We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:19-21).

How do we get to know God? Many people tell us that faith is just a feeling – nothing more than that! Is this all that faith is? or Is there something more to it than that?

Here, God’s Word speaks to us about “something completely reliable” (verse 19). This is something very different from our changeable feelings. Something completely reliable – this is not something we can ever say about our feelings. Our feelings come and go. Sometimes we feel like we’re up on a mountaintop – but it doesn’t last. Soon, we’re back down in the valley. We wonder if there’s something more than our feelings – but we’re not sure that there is. Something completely reliable – this lifts us above our feelings. Something completely reliable – this is what we need. Something completely reliable – this is what God has given to us.

Faith involves our feelings, but it doesn’t emerge from our feelings. It’s more than a feeling. God’s Word comes to us – and it changes us. It lifts us above our changing feelings. God’s Word assures us that real faith is, always, more than our faith. It’s faith in the Lord. It’s faith in his unchanging love. Faith doesn’t begin with our speaking to God. It begins with God. He speaks to us. He keeps on speaking to us – even when we’re not speaking to him. He keeps on speaking – and he keeps on listening. Why does he keep on speaking to us and listening to us? – It’s because he keeps on loving us.

Is there “something completely reliable”? Yes. There is. God’s Word is completely reliable – and God’s love is completely reliable.

Thank you, Lord, for your unchanging Word and Your unchanging love. Your Word and your love – they’re so much more reliable than my changeable feelings. Completely reliable – that’s what your Word is, and that’s what your love is.

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