Have you ever noticed how hard it is to act kind and loving when you are mad, afraid, or just plain freaked out?
I am reading Ezekiel. In chapter 20, God is talking to Ezekiel, telling him what to say to the Israelites.
Several times in this chapter God says ‘I acted out of who I am, not what I felt.
God got good and mad at the Israelites, but instead of wiping them out, He chose to act from His character rather than His emotions. This means a couple of things:
1. Our emotions don’t define us, our actions do. You don’t have to be beat up by your failures and fears. Your existence is much more complex than how you feel right now.
2. If God has to choose not to act from His emotions, how can we expect to not struggle with the complexity of what is vs. what we feel?
With every act, we are becoming, yet with every act we have the opportunity to be the person we want to be- the person we were created to be.
No wonder Paul cries out ‘I do that which I don’t want to do, and that which I want to do, I don’t.’ (Kim’s paraphrase)
Here’s the awesome part: we don’t have a God who sits outside our struggles wondering why we can’t get it right. God understands the complexity of our nature. He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and to teach and guide us. Who better to learn from than someone who knows the way?
Are you tired of blowing it? God sees you as you really are, and as you can be. If you ask Him, He will teach you how to overcome and be the person you were created to be.