The Lord is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all,

and his mercy is over all that he has made.

Psalm 145: 8, 9

 

Feelings are powerful. God made us to be people who had them and who were impacted deeply by the way that we feel. Although they can get in the way of handling life clearly, reasonably, and rationally; feeling nothing is worse than experiencing too much emotion. Some of us do seem to put out our feelers farther into the atmosphere than do others. Some people show very little on the outside while experiencing much on the inside. These differences, within bounds, are a part of the extraordinary fabric of God’s design for humanity. In this range of feeling and of expressing them we are an image of the emotional make-up of our Creator.

 

There are times and situations that we encounter that make it very hard to go on from day to day. The feelings that we are having are so strong, overwhelming and even oppressive that they have us pinned to the mat and are trying to count us out of the processes of functional living. None of this comes as a surprise to God. Nothing that we feel is beyond His experience. No matter how badly we may be feeling about the way that we are feeling and about its impact on our ability go on with life, God wants to respond to us and to bring His healing touch of mercy to our pain.

 

We may think that the depth or the unrelenting strength of the feelings that we are having is caused by some form of failure to trust God and to enter into His peace; thus, we may start to believe that God could not love and care for me in this time of my life. This is exactly the opposite of how God views His people. He knows us from the level of our individual cells, and He is fully aware of the broken nature of the world that we live in. Also, the Lord sees and feels our pain and suffering. As we turn to Him, He will comfort us out of the unending love, grace, and mercy that are the center of God’s heart and the foundation of His nature.