What do you do when your faith is weak?
It can be hard to even admit having a weak faith. I have been a Christian for many years, I remember being baptized as a child, I remember dedicating my life again in my early 20’s. Yet there are times when my faith is weak.
I see the pain around me, I see the suffering and I want to yell at God and ask Him why he would not do anything to fix this mess that we live in.
I know the reasons why. But sometimes my emotions get the best of me and I feel like the work and the suffering is all so pointless.
I fall into the pit is despair.
Emotions Can’t be Trusted.
I am a very emotional person. I have been known to organize my kitchen based on my mood. I am not talking about what the kitchen looks like, but the stuff in the drawers and cabinets, I put things away in a different place sometimes because I feel it should go there. Yes it does drive my husband a little bit crazy.
Emotions can be so powerful. They can lift us to heights of joy and happiness, and they can drop us to the point to suicide. They are so powerful at times that they seem to be the most clear thing to follow. I feel this way or that so it must be right.
Emotions come and go depending on hormones, what you ate, how someone spoke to you. Emotions are dangerous things to follow.
Don’t Follow Your Heart
The culture around us tells us that we should follow our heart. I have gotten into so much trouble that way! I have put on way too much weight because I “felt like” having a bit of sweet. Or I didn’t exercise because I “didn’t feel like it”.
I loved the romantic ideas I grew up on that told me to follow my heart. I thought it I did that I would be powerful and above everyone else. Like somehow my emotions were a special power that gave me a special discernment over those around me. Perhaps I could feel the truth from someone. But that isn’t how reality works at all.
Jesus tells us:
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. Matthew 15:19
So if our hearts will deceive us then how do we hold firm to the truth when our emotions are pulling us the opposite way? 59 times the word heart is used in the book of Proverbs. (NLT) Many times it is being used as a command to teach us to put the truth of God’s word deep into our hearts. So this is what we must do. Fill our hearts and our minds with the truth of God’s word. To spend time praying and reminding ourselves of who God is and that he is more powerful that our emotions.
Tie them (Scriptures) on your fingers as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Proverbs 7:3