All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
Have you ever been really, really, sure of something …only to find out you were completely wrong?
My funniest example happened when I was twelve. I lived in Okinawa, Japan and getting to go to the one movie theater on base was a Big deal. Here’s how the conversation with my Dad went:
Me: Daddy, can we go see this movie (rated X).
Dad : Why do you want to see that one?
Me: Because it is rated X.
Dad: Why do you want to see an X rated movie?
Me: Because it is excellent.
Dad: Why do you think that?
Me: Because it says so, X is for eXcellent, R is for Really Good, PG is for Pretty Good and G is for Good.
At which point my Dad broke into laughter and explained the ratings system to me. A funny little exchange but what I remember most was how sure I was that I was right. And I learned that just because I feel certain something is right does not mean that it is right.
It has turned out to be a very valuable lesson in my life. Something I have reflected on often as a widow; particularly when I am feeling depressed, discouraged, or overwhelmed. I have learned to “test” my feelings to see if they line up with God’s truth. Here are a few examples:
|My Feeling:||God’s truth:|
|My life is over.||Ps 139:16your eyes saw my unformed bodyAll the days ordained for mewere written in your bookbefore one of them came to be.|
|I have no purpose anymore…||Acts 20:24However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.|
|God doesn’t love me or no one loves me||1 John 2:5But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him.|
|I am not “good” enough||Titus 3:4-7But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.|
|God doesn’t care about this…||Matt 6:31-33So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.|
|I have nothing more to give||Phil 1:3-6I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.|
|I will never be happy again||James 1:2-4Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.|
These are just some of the feelings that I have experienced on this journey. I am so thankful for His word, His truth that is so useful in correcting my thinking and feelings.
Dear sisters, I pray that you will be immersed in Him, in His truth so that you may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. You are precious, because you are His. And nothing can ever change that truth. Much love to each of you!