After leaving the library, Julia spent some time at the sorority house reflecting on her relationship with Jay. She saw that once she began to get emotionally involved with him, the choices she made were based more on feelings than on godly wisdom. She wasn’t making good decisions; she was making decisions that felt good at the time.
We all fight that temptation at one point or another—wanting to do what feels good even if it isn’t the wisest thing to do.
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 16:25 (NLT)
We can’t always rely on our own assessment of things. What seems good at the time may not take us where we want to go. In fact, something that feels right at the moment can actually lead to death (negative or destructive circumstances). Now that’s serious!
This is why we must be very careful to make our decisions based on the Word of God. We can’t always trust our feelings; they often change from day to day, situation by situation. However, we can rely on the Word of God to remain steady and sure, to consistently take us in the right direction.
Your laws please me; they give me wise advice…Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Psalm 119:24, 33-35 (NLT)
Write to the Lord about the verses you’ve just read. Are there any situations in your life where you’re making decisions more on feelings than on what God’s Word tells you to do? Ask God to give you understanding in those areas so that you can put His principles into action with all your heart. Even if it seems difficult or feels uncomfortable sometimes, choose to stay on God’s course for you. Remember: God’s path is where your happiness—genuine happiness—is found. : )