30 May Our Thoughts vs. Our Feelings
I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
How we think about ourselves makes all the difference in how we act and how we feel. Far too often we let our feelings dictate our thoughts. The Bible teaches us to do the opposite. When we choose to think about ourselves the way that God tells us to, eventually our feelings change.
Isaiah lived 2,750 years ago. King Uzziah had been the king for over 50 years. The king compromised his moral values, and it affected the entire country of Judah. Now, Isaiah was the young prophet whose task it was to let the people know how God wanted them to live. Faced with such an overwhelming responsibility, Isaiah felt inadequate. He knew he was far from perfect and didn’t feel as if he was up to the task.
In a vision, God showed him the truth. Like every human being, Isaiah did in fact have sin in his life. However, as a person of faith he was forgiven. Now he chose to think about his forgiveness, and it changed his feelings. With God’s help, he was up to the task. Therefore, he responded to God by saying, “Here I am! Send me.”
God wants each one of us to think about ourselves the way that God thinks about us. We are all imperfect people. Jesus died for you and me to forgive our sins. As we accept His forgiveness, the Holy Spirit will help us overcome our thoughts of inadequacy. Today let’s choose to think about how God has forgiven us, is with us, and how we are up to any task that God calls us to do!
The Crowder song, “Forgiven” reminds us that Christ’s forgiveness is complete no matter what any of us have done!