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Notes and Thoughts

How Does a Mature Christian Handle Her Emotions?

“Keep a tight lid on them” or “Don’t say anything, it will work out” are the answers many of us might offer, or similar answers like these that many of us have been given.

But this intuitive reaction is not God’s prescription. He made us in His image, and He gave us emotions. Suppressing our feelings goes against His good design. That’s why it doesn’t work so well. Instead, God gives us a better way to handle our emotions. We are to pray. Rather than suppressing our emotions we are to express them to God. Instead of denying or ignoring our feelings, we are to bring them to the throne of grace.

The Psalms—indeed all of Scripture—is full of countless examples, but let’s consider the story of Hannah. As you know, Hannah was barren and unkindly treated by her husband’s second wife, Peninnah (1 Sam. 1:5-6). She was overwhelmed by wave upon wave of tempestuous emotions. She was so upset she could not eat (1:7).

Did Hannah bottle up all of those bad feelings and pretended everything was ok? Did she deny the bitterness and pain in her heart? No, Hannah’s painful feelings compelled her to pray.

”[Hannah] was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.” (1:10)


Trusting God Right Where You Are – Today!

Wherever we go and whatever we face, God is with us – yesterday, today and forever. He keeps asking us to live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). He wants us to trust Him. He catches us when we fall, when we live by faith. And to encourage us along the way, He sends people in our path who testify of His faithfulness. “Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us;’” (Hebrews 12:1, NKJV).

Today, whether you are in a place of shaky ground or with folks who are filled with encouragement, God wants you to trust Him…right where you are. It might be scary. Tears might be shed. But God is faithful and can be trusted.

Like the Psalmist, let’s choose to say, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. (I will praise His Word). In God I have put my trust; I will not fear, what can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4, NKJV)


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