Feelings Will Deceive You #1000

12  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. 13  Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, and the end of mirth may be grief. (Proverbs 14:12–13, NKJV)

The futility of trusting one’s feelings as a reliable guide for knowing right from wrong and truth from error is witnessed by the facade that emotions often display. Laughter may in fact hide sorrow, so that while one expresses mirth outwardly, grief exists within. This teaches us not to rely on what feels right, for they can mislead us even as they can mislead others. In contrast to “letting your conscience be your guide,” Scripture says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psa. 119:105). Divine truth, not human emotions, determine the way that pleases God. We must “buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding” by going to the word of God to know and practice the will of God (Prov. 23:23; Jas. 1:25).

“It is not good that man should be alone” #999

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18, NKJV)

God saw that man was alone. More than that, God said it was not good that man was alone. Woman became God’s crowning act of creation, uniquely made to correspond to and complete man. In an age when feminine independence and individuality are held up as icons of liberty and virtue, the Bible still reveals woman as God’s distinctive creation who fulfills a primary need for man that no one and nothing else can. Man is incomplete without woman. Man needs woman. (And, for that matter, woman needs man.) Therefore, God created woman from man’s rib and ordained marriage as the completing relationship that solves the problem of man’s loneliness (Gen. 2:19-24). Every attempt to satisfy loneliness that do not involve the man-woman relationship of marriage will invariably fall short. God’s wisdom and power created woman and ordained marriage. That was His solution to man being alone. Let us thank God and honor Him for His solution to loneliness by honoring women as well as marriage as He gave it.