The title to this blog is a good question. One asked by Job’s friend, Eliphaz in Job 15 from the Bible. The reason we do is because it’s natural. We instinctually go there first, to our emotions that is. Expressing one’s emotion has gotten so popular these days we can even respond by sending an “emoji”. Of course, not all emotions are harmful, and not all are based in fear.
I remember a time when I got extremely mad and hurt from my father. On the way home, from that encounter, I ordered a pizza. I dropped it onto the asphalt on the way to my car due to high winds. I had to go back inside and order another one.
When I finally got home and was eating it, God whispered, “Why didn’t you turn to me first?”
I thought about it and answered, “Because you weren’t my first thought, God.”
That’s probably why we turn to our emotions first and allow them, or empower them to take over us. We have not yet trained ourselves to think of God first, and allow him to help us react to life in a peaceful manner. Or to respond to a person and or situation with one of the fruits of the Spirit. Can you imagine how much better life would be, or go if we could retrain our minds? It is possible! While in the midst of the process of getting my wife’s immigration to America completed I got depressed, and instead of turning to food, and allowing my emotions to rule, I prayed.
A key to learning to change our behavior is asking God for help to do so. I had to do this as well. God loves us so much and doesn’t want to see us get bogged down because we allow our emotions to rule us. So the next time something happens that “gets your dandruff up”, or raises a red flag, stop, and ask God to help you. I know you will be glad you did.
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