I am continuing to learn that God really values relationship! And that Our feelings matter to God!
Let me say that again, our feelings matter to God!
One more time! Our feelings matter to God!
How many times have you heard a verse like:
Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Or how about a phrase like, “Trust God, not your feelings!”
Or “Submit to God!”
An issue with statements like this is that it can potentially lead to a very one way relationship with God where it is whatever God wants He gets.
But what about our feelings.
Recently, I asked God, “Why don’t I get what I want in this relationship? It feels very one way.
It’s like he whispered, “You don’t tell me how you feel about issues very often. You assume I don’t care about your feelings. That is a lie! Do you remember how I worked with you when you talked to me about your work situation and how we worked together. I value relationship and open communication, and your desires as well. But you need to talk to me!”
Whoa! Light bulb moment!
That’s why it felt like a one way relationship with God! I was so focused on doing what God wanted that I was not honoring how I was feeling.
Lets use two friends for example. If friend A gets his way all the time and friend B just listens to whatever friend A says, eventually friend B is going to grow resentful towards friend A.
Why should our relationship God be different?
There is absolutely something about submitting to God’s will for our lives, but it is not this black and white story. It is full of color!
So as I make decisions I can ask God what He feels, but then express how I feel and then we can work together! Sounds like a healthy relationship to me!
An issue can be is how do you view Jesus. Do you view Him like this:
For me personally, I like the first one. Seems like someone I can relate to.
Oh and one more thing! God loves your quirks! He loves the things that make us unique like for some reason I still like Kent State football! Watching a KSU football game can be a spiritual event as well! Just invite Jesus into it!
Father, my prayer is you help to realize that you desire relationship with us. That you really want to do life with us! Break apart lies that get in the way of that. Amen.