My pastor often says, “feelings are good and unreliable.” So many times I’ve been tempted to make my emotions my ultimate guide; our individualistic, romanticized culture in the West doesn’t help fend this temptation. And so if something — an event, a relationship, a memory — is hard, I assume it to not be good. But this is horrid reasoning — for the cross was the hardest yet best event done by the most loving person ever. The cross is why we can trust that God will spend even our sorrows well (Rom. 8:28). Below is a piece I stumbled on written by the monolith of the Reformation, Martin Luther; it serves as a helpful reminder for what I should truly lean on: God’s Word.
Feelings come and feelings go,
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God —
Naught else is worth believing.
Though all my heart should feel condemned
For want of some sweet token,
There is One greater than my heart
Whose Word cannot be broken.
I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word
Till soul and body sever,
For, though all things shall pass away,
HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!