Life is filled with hard things. Situations that simply don’t feel fair. My mother suffers from the latter stages of Alzheimer’s. It’s a cruel disease, for the patient and the family. And some days, when my emotions get the best of me, I question God. I doubt His goodness.
I struggled with these feelings just last week after I flew to visit Mom in Tennessee. I wanted to know why God isn’t doing something. Why He doesn’t fix things. My emotions ran amuck. Maybe God doesn’t care. Maybe He doesn’t see. Maybe He can’t – or simply won’t – intervene.
Why God don’t you do something?
But, then He whispered. I see her. I see you. I care. I am working.
I had to make a choice. Would I trust my feelings or God’s truth? Would I believe the feelings fostered by these temporary physical circumstances or believe the One who even raises up nations to carry out His purposes?
Once again – because I’ve been here before – I chose to trust and believe God and His truth. But not before I spent some time wallowing in the lies of my emotions.
Have Your Emotions Ever Gotten the Best of You?
What about you? Have your emotions ever lied to you? Difficulties, trials, struggles, and grief can foster emotions that deceive us and lead us away from God’s truth. They tell us things like:
- God can’t do anything with this.
- God doesn’t see your struggle.
- God doesn’t care that you’re hurting.
- God is too busy to do anything for you.
Any of those things sound familiar? We cannot trust our emotions. Our feelings will mislead us, but God never will. I learned I can choose to stand on God’s truth even when my emotions are trying to drag me under. When the world is shaking around me, I can run to our unshakeable God and stand firm on His truth.
Is your life shaking right now? Choose to stand on God’s truth no matter what your circumstances or your emotions may say. The following truths rebut some of the major lies our feelings tell.
5 Truths to Stand on for an Unshakeable Faith
- God Can – Our all-powerful, sovereign God is always in control and always working in every situation. Even when we can’t see Him. (Jeremiah 32:17)
- God Sees – God sees and knows about every aspect of our lives and the world condition. (Psalm 139:1-4)
- God Cares – God doesn’t simply see your struggles, He cares about every aspect of your life. He knows your needs and He wants to meet them. (Matthew 6:25-34)
- God is Present – God is always with His children. He never leaves us. Even when we don’t sense His presence He is there. (Isaiah 43:2)
- God is Working – Even when we can’t see Him, God is constantly working out His eternal purposes through events, nations, and powers to accomplish His purposes in the world. And He is constantly working through the circumstances of our lives to bring about His perfect good. (Romans 8:28)
Keep Reminding Yourself of God’s Truth
One weekend at a conference, I shared these truths with about 250 women. Even though these truths are clear and simple, they are hard to remember when life starts to shake. So, we connected these five truths to something that’s with us all the time. Then we created a visual to keep and put somewhere we will see it often.
We stood and claimed the five truths, counting them off on each finger of our right hand. Then they traced their hands on a large index card and wrote one truth on each finger. One of the young women turned hers into a work of art! So I asked if I could snap a photo.
Perhaps your life is shaking right now. The world will never provide us with firm footing, but we can stand unshakeable when we choose to stand on God and His truth. Think about how you could create a visual reminder for yourself!
“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:4
Which of these 5 truths most speaks to your situation today? Will you choose to trust the LORD, the Rock eternal?
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I am new to your site, and thoroughly enjoy what you are doing. I actually want to be just ‘like you’ when I grow up.
This blog about God caring and trust is right on time for me, as I am going through some things asking…’where are you God?’
Thanks much for making it plain and easy to remember with your post.
Hi Janice, so glad you found the site and find it encouraging! Thank you for your kind words too. Sadly, I know I don’t always act like one worthy of emulating. But we always have Christ as our perfect example!
Thank you for sharing the Lord’s unshakable truth and challenging our emotions. As a super sensitive soul I appreciate the need to be hyper-sensitiv, aware of & armed with God’s truth. I needed this reminder ♡
Thank you very much for the use of a visual reminder of the 5 truths of God.
I am 72 and retired. I have no excuse not to spend more time in God’s word. My spinal stenosis pain keeps me bed ridden for parts of my day. I will now try to continue looking at your website for daily writings. God’s word is the only truth we need follow. Writing this comment to you has helped my emotional state greatly.
Hi Marina, I am sorry to hear about your pain! May God give you strength from His Word!
Your sharing always ministers to my heart and soul-thank you for allowing God to use you in this manner.💚
Janet, praise God!
Thanks, Kathy. So timely for me. Sharing on my Facebook page, because I want others to be encouraged too. Love you!
Thank you Kathy! I really needed this challenge and reminder today that God’s word is rock solid and his promises faithful and unchanging! My emotions are not…I need to take a step back not just today but in this season of my life. Thank you for faithfully being His vessel!
Hello Mrs. Kathy Howard. It seems as if your site is geared toward women. I feel that God lead me to your site through http://www.crosswalk.com. I am going through a storm right now! My healthcare business is having a difficult time holding on for the past year. I have felt as if God doesn’t care enough to save the business and the jobs of the employees, all of whom are women. I have been a Christian all my life and I have seen God work manifest from nothing! But I feel that this financial storm is my fault for being a sinner. I don’t steal or commit any crimes or break any laws. But I feel that because I have broken God’s laws, that He is punishing me and I will lose everything that He has blessed me to have! I have read the bible here and there and attended church most of my life. This year, I started reading the Bible to finish in a year. I started on January 11, 2019. I am on track to finish by the end of June. Then I will read it again, study it harder and share more of God’s word with others. I don’t want to lose my home or my business but I have been praying for God to step in and save us all!!! I have faith but my emotions (or the devil), as you stated, lie to me saying there will be no help to come and all will be lost! Please pray and plead with our Father to intervene, have mercy and bless us Spiritually and financially and He will get the Glory! I am so grateful that the Spirit of God lead me to your ministry. I thank Jesus for sending me here to receive His promises and to give me hope! PLEASE pray for God to move in our favor soon! I ask in the name of Jesus, Amen. My God continue to use you and bless your work in His kingdom for His name sake!
Yes, may God provide for all your needs! And may His full will and way be accomplished in your life. His Word teaches that He uses our trials and difficulties to refine and purify our faith. So do not let your struggles create doubt. No matter what God may allow into your life, cling to Him for strength and let Him do His work. May He strengthen and guide you!
Hi Kathy, I have been in an emotional pit for almost a year. Thank you for reminding me of God’s truths. I will stand on His Word.
May God fill you with His joy and peace as you cling to Him and His truth!
my name is luz and just the other day me and my son was having a talk about something that was bothering him so I reassured him that god is with him started to cry then I hug him so I beening praying for him so thank you for reminding me that the word works.god bless you.
Yes, praise God! So encouraging to hear that you reminded your son of God’s truth!
Thank you Kathy for this and much more. I am from Uganda and I have been encouraged greatly. I always look forward for the posts. Much love and blessing.
It gives me joy to know you are encouraged! May God fill you with His grace and peace!
Thank you woman of God.am lifted
Thank you for reminding me God is always with us and cares.