Our feelings are so fickle. Always changing, always shifting. One moment we’re at the top of the world, the next we feel there is no way out of our troubles. Our feelings are ever so changing, they can go from one extreme to another within seconds. A lot of the time, our feelings are based on our circumstances: if we are doing great then we feel great, if we are not doing so good then we feel sad or down. We can feel confident one moment, and then become tormented by feelings of inadequacy the next. One moment we can feel we love someone with all that we are, and then feel like we can't even bear the sight of them. We can feel so safe and secure, but then feel fearful of the future and worry over our well-being.
Being imperfect humans, it’s no surprise that our feelings and drives are also rather messed up. To live with more assurance and stability, it is quite clear we need reliance on something much greater than ourselves. No matter how hard we try, all of our efforts to provide security and happiness for ourselves will never be enough. We simply can’t make ourselves feel whole.
God goes deeper than our feelings though, He goes straight to the matter of things. He takes care of our souls, the parts of us that will enter into eternity. He has made a way for our sinful, imperfect selves to be brought back to Him after having been separated from Him by our sin. As we let Him be the Sustainer of our souls, He is able to make us complete. We may not always feel like we’re at the top of the world, but if we give ourselves to God then we are promised victory and a way forward.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
His love offers us hope, and not just flippant hope. It’s a hope that lasts. A hope that tells us we are secure in Him (Romans 8:35), that He knows the plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and that He will lead us safely through life (Psalm 16:11).
Our God is unchanging. Oh how glorious and magnificent it is to behold the Ruler of the universe in love with mortal sinners such as ourselves. Can it be? The cross says YES. His grace is always there for us.
“Never mind if you cannot feel His presence, He is there, never for one moment forgetting you” ~ Elisabeth Elliot