As believers, “we live by faith, not by sight”—God never
wants us to live by our feelings. Our inner self may want to live
by feelings, and Satan may want us to, but God wants us to face
the facts, not feelings. He wants us to face the facts of Christ and
His finished and perfect work for us. And once we face these
precious facts, and believe them simply because God says they
are facts, He will take care of our feelings.
Yet God never gives us feelings to enable or encourage us
to trust Him, and He never gives them to show us that we have
already completely trusted Him. God only gives us feelings
when He sees that we trust Him apart from our feelings, resting
solely on His Word and His faithfulness to His promise.
And these feelings that can only come from Him will be given
at such a time and to such a degree as His love sees best for
each individual circumstance.
Therefore we must choose between facing our feelings or
facing the facts of God. Our feelings may be as uncertain and
changing as the sea or shifting sand. God’s facts, however, are
as certain as the Rock of Ages Himself—“Jesus Christ . . . the
same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8).
When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every strong and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.