I have been so blessed on multiple occasions by the devotional, Streams In The Desert. The other day was another one of those instances. I was so in need of encouragement, strengthening, and this so touched me. It is the devotion for September 26, but I stumbled upon it a couple days ago. I wouldn't be surprised to find it was a God directed "stumble"!!!
"We walk by faith, not by appearance." (2 Cor. 5:7, R. V.)
"By faith, not appearance; God never wants us to look at our feelings. Self may want us to; and Satan may want us to. But God wants us to face facts, not feelings; the facts of Christ and of His finished and perfect work for us.
When we face these precious facts, and believe them because God says they are facts, God will take care of our feelings.
God never gives feeling to enable us to trust Him; God never gives feeling to encourage us to trust Him; God never gives feeling to show that we have already and utterly trusted Him.
God gives feeling only when He sees that we trust Him apart from all feeling, resting on his own Word, and on His own faithfulness to His promise.
Never until then can the feeling (which is from God) possibly come; and God will give the feeling in such a measure and at such a time as His love sees best for the individual case.
We must choose between facing toward our feelings and facing toward God's facts. Our feelings may be as uncertain as the sea or the shifting sands. God's facts are as certain as the Rock of Ages, even Christ Himself, who is the same yesterday, today and forever."
Streams In The Desert