When the Bible Doesn’t “Feel” True

by Christa Upton

When the Bible doesn’t “feel” true, God understands.  He knows we sometimes feel like withered grass.

BIG disappointment yesterday (regarding my Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and housing).

But, a good friend reminded me to focus on God, knowing God has a GOOD plan.

Numerous sources (blogs, dear hubby, Scriptures) have reminded me that I can also trust God’s timing. 

And to continue a Scripture we emailed to family and friends yesterday:

II Corinthians 4:16-18

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment….”

This is me interrupting:  hey, this “feels” anything but light, and the last four years have certainly felt longer than a moment.

However, THE WORD OF GOD IS TRUE no matter what I feel like.  (And I think it means “light” and “a moment” in comparison to an eternity of happiness in heaven, which of course helps my “feelings.”)

But my point is that we cannot trust our feelings.

How about some examples from the physical life?  Chemotherapy does not “feel” like it is helping, but it is (usually, anyway).  Junk food doesn’t “feel” unhealthy going down, but it is.  Discipline doesn’t always “feel” better than laziness, but it is.

So here’s the rest of the Scripture (repeating the phrase where I interrupted):

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”



Christa Upton           Black Hills Picture Books          PO Box 293      Custer, SD 57730


About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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4 Responses to When the Bible Doesn’t “Feel” True

  1. KrisLymesister says:

    sometimes daily we need to learn this perspective over and over even in the midst of our darkest and deepest trials in this life. yet we are reminded that God will never leave us nor forsake us

    • Christa Upton says:

      Amen, Kris!!! And yes–OH, how comforting to know the God will never leave us nor forsake us!!! It does not get any better than that.

  2. Katie says:

    Christa, Just wanted to share some verses that I have up on my wall right now. “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rublle. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall…Do not be afraid…Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your home.” Nehemiah 4:5, 14 These have encouraged me many times. Still want to get together sometime. Katie

    • Christa Upton says:

      Awesome verse!!! So true for my family, even literally regarding our housing situation. Thank you, Katie!!! I still want to get together, too; it’s sure been cold lately, hasn’t it? Email or call me when you find a day that’s good for you that’s warm enough to meet somewhere! 🙂

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