I remember going through a season of my Christian walk where I was told to “trust your feelings.” We were taught with good intentions meaning to feel for the Holy Spirit, but there was an over-emphasis on that “feeling” word.
Sometimes when we are seeking for an answer from God in hard times – and even any time – some of us feelings are how we hear God’s voice. At times we even trust it more than what God has already said in His word for us. It’s easy to overlook the scriptures, but the scriptures were written and retained for us for a reason.
Romans 10:17 Faith comes from hearing…the Word of God
2 Timothy 3:15-17 Scriptures…are able to make you wise
Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” When listening for instruction or validation, we have to turn to the Word of God to see what God has to say about the big questions that we have in our lives. We can trust His word to encourage and correct us when we are feeling doubtful on our faith, too. 2 Timothy 3:16 says all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
Once I had a lot of questions about Christmas and the celebration that Christians today have for Jesus. I was praying that God would show me the truth, and I was looking for some type of proof. But the validation is all through the beginning of the gospels where it highlights His birth, people giving Him gifts, the angels coming to validate His life and purpose and so on. My conclusion was that it’s okay to celebrate the birth of your Savior and Lord because the word of God validates us honoring Him.
May the joy of Lord and the beauty of His presence be a blessing to you in this season! Merry Christmas!