Do you remember the song from the late 70’s made popular by Debby Boone? In 1977, it set a record for that time for holding the #1 spot on the Billboard music charts for ten consecutive weeks.
I was listening to Pandora radio the other day and as the song came on, I remember how, as pretty as the song is, there’s one line that always made me cringe and still does.
“It can’t be wrong,
When it feels so right.
You light up my… Life”
You’ve probably already figured this out, but just because something feels right, doesn’t mean it is. More times than not, going by what feels right or feels good will get us into a lot of trouble. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us, “…we walk by faith, not by sight.” Or rather, we walk by faith, not by what our human senses tell us. Not by what we see, or what we hear, or what we feel.
In fact, faith is more often based on what we do not see than what we can see or experience in the physical realm. Hebrews 11: tells us, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, a very familiar passage, says: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
One of the most important skills we can learn in the Christian life is to trust God when what He says does not match our feelings. Our feelings can, and often do, lead us astray. He never will. He is faithful and true. According to Revelation 19:11, that is even one of His names: “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.” And in John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ “John 8:12, When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
I would so much rather trust in the One who IS Truth and Light than in myself.
How about you? Who or what are you trusting in today – your feelings, or Truth?
Ruth Schmidt is on full-time staff at America’s Keswick, and grateful to be a daughter of the King.