Written by: Scott Osborne

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: 1 John 4: 7-16

Pray: Ask the Lord to give you new insights about how He wants to use your emotions as a way to speak to you.

Devotional

Emotions are often considered a bad thing. Have you ever heard someone say, “Don’t be so emotional”? I’m not personally wired to express a very broad range of emotions. My face and vocal inflections aren’t extremely different when I’m happy versus when I’m sad. But I’ve learned to value emotions thanks to my wife and daughters. They all tend to express their emotions through tears. Sad moments evoke tears. Happy moments produce tears. Empathy…tears, anger…tears, inspiration…tears. More times than I can recall, I’ve been at a restaurant with the three of them when they were all crying. I hadn’t hurt their feelings; we had been discussing something that touched them emotionally. Imagine the looks I’ve gotten from servers who happened upon these scenes. But I love the emotional sensitivity these precious women possess. Surely they are reflecting the heavenly Father’s heart.

When Jesus observed the family and friends of Lazarus mourning his death, the Scriptures tell us He was deeply moved and He wept. Emotion. Moses’ reluctance to accept God’s call at the burning bush to lead the Israelites out of Egypt caused the LORD’s anger to burn against him. Emotion. 1 John 4:16 (NIV) says, “We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.” Emotion.  God created us with emotions and the Bible reveals His own expressions of emotion. Emotions are not a bad thing. They are gifts from God. In fact, 1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us love (an emotion) is the greatest gift.

The love I feel as I hold my grandchild can give me a glimpse of how much God loves me. If I feel fear about a decision I’m considering, it may be the Lord nudging me in a different direction. If news of a social injustice triggers my anger, God may be spurring me to join a group aiding the oppressed. The warmth I feel as I gaze upon a spectacular sunset may initiate a time of worship for the Creator who made it. Let’s understand and embrace our emotions as a gift from God through which we can know Him better.

Question

Can you recall a time when you sensed God through an emotion? What was the emotion and what did you sense?

Prayer Challenge

Ask the Lord to help you hear Him in every way He wishes to communicate with you, including your emotions.

Next Step

Begin training yourself to hear God through your emotions. As you are aware of your emotions throughout the day today, pause to consider what God may be showing you in that moment.