A Word from Eugene

December 16, 2008

Here’s something that struck me during a recent “devotional” reading:

My feelings are important for many things. They are essential and valuable. They keep me aware of much that is true and real. But they tell me next to nothing about God or my relation to God. My security comes from who God is, not from how I feel. Discipleship is a decision to live by what I know about God, not by what I feel about him or myself or my neighbors. “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people (Psalm 125:2 RSV).” The image that announces the dependable, unchanging, safe, secure existence of God’s people comes from geology, not psychology.

God’s Message For Each Day by Eugene H. Peterson

So what do you think?  Is this overstated?  Understated?  On target?  What’s the right or proper place for feelings as they relate to God and our understanding of Him?


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