As I’ve been struggling with anxiety this summer, I discovered another important step toward overcoming it. Last post I shared about Fixing My Focus. But another step that’s helped is recognizing the fallacy of feelings.
I remember learning this truth with Peter. I no longer remember the exact issue that caused my stress. But I do remember exactly where I stood in my kitchen, hearing Casting Crown’s Voice of Truth on the radio, and realizing that the circumstances that seemed to scream at us that life was out of control were a lie. I remember saying to myself, this is not the true reality. This is a lie. God is in control. That is truth! And how many times over that next year did I have to remind myself that what I saw, what I felt, what seemed to be true, was not.
But somewhere along the way of life getting easier, I find I still revert back to honoring my feelings way too much. Like this summer. I have felt anxious, have felt ill, have felt stressed even though my mind knows and my heart knows that I am fine, my job is secure, I have time to learn, I will do well in my new position. But because my body felt differently, my mind struggled to walk in what was true.
Once I stopped fixating on my fears and focused on God, it was easier to choose the truth over my feelings. But I had to consciously make the decision to ignore how I felt. Instead, I had to keep functioning based on what I knew to be true, not what felt like it was true.
Proverbs 14:12 states There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
This is another reason why scripture is so important. Feelings change. But the Word of God is constant forever. God does not change. His Word and His promises do not either. Thus, we can trust the truth of His good intentions, His working on our behalf for our good, His control over our lives to use everything for our good. This is truth. Not how we feel.
We must choose faith, not feeling. Faith is walking not by what we see (or feel) but by what we know to be true – especially when we don’t see or feel it.
Let’s purpose to live our lives based on truth, not feelings. It’s a foundation we can stand on.