Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
and feelings are often substituted for faith.
Pleasurable emotions and
deep satisfying experiences are part of the Christian life, but they are
not all of it.
Trials, conflicts, battles and testings lie along the
way, and are not to be counted as misfortunes, but rather as part of our
In all these varying
experiences we are to reckon on Christ as dwelling in the heart,
regardless of our feelings if we are walking obediently before Him.
is where many get into trouble; they try to walk by feeling rather than
One of the saints tells us that it seemed as
though God had withdrawn Himself from her. His mercy seemed clean gone.
For six weeks her desolation lasted, and then the Heavenly Lover seemed
Catherine, thou hast looked for Me without
in the world of sense, but all the while I have been within waiting for
thee; meet Me in the inner chamber of thy spirit, for I am there.
between the fact of God's presence, and the emotion of the fact.
It is a
happy thing when the soul seems desolate and deserted, if our faith can
say, "I see Thee not. I feel Thee not, but Thou art certainly and
graciously here, where I am as I am."
Say it again and again: Thou art
here: though the bush does not seem to burn with fire, it does burn.
will take the shoes from off my feet, for the place on which I stand is
Believe God's word
and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your
Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows, but your
Keep your eye steadily fixed
on the infinite grandeur of Christ's finished work and righteousness.
Look to Jesus and believe, look to Jesus and live! Nay, more; as you
look to him, hoist your sails and buffet manfully the sea of life.
not remain in the haven of distrust, or sleeping on your shadows in
inactive repose, or suffering your frames and feelings to pitch and toss
on one another like vessels idly moored in a harbor.
The religious life
is not a brooding over emotions, grazing the keel of faith in the
shallows, or dragging the anchor of hope through the oozy tide mud as if
afraid of encountering the healthy breeze.
Away! With your canvas
spread to the gale, trusting in Him, who rules the raging of the waters.
The safety of the tinted bird is to be on the wing. If its haunt be
near the ground-if it fly low-it exposes itself to the fowler's net or
If we remain grovelling on the low ground of feeling and
emotion, we shall find ourselves entangled in a thousand meshes of doubt
and despondency, temptation and unbelief.
Pro 1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
Hope thou in God.
~J. R. Macduff~
When I cannot enjoy the faith of assurance, I live by the faith of adherence.