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John 11:33–35 (ESV): "33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." 35 Jesus wept."
Emotions are tricky. They are God-given but they will not always lead us to or in the will of God. Always check your emotions with the Word of God and the Spirit for they will never lead you astray.
When Jesus came to Bethany Mary and Martha were a wreck and rightly so. Their brother had been dead for four days now. According to Jewish tradition, a person's soul/spirit remained with his/her dead body for three days. After three days, the soul/spirit departed. They knew Lazarus was gone. At this moment Jesus weeps with this family and their friends. He has compassion and feels their sorrow but that isn't why He raised Lazarus from the dead. It was for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it (Jn 11:4)."
How do you ensure your emotions aren't leading you astray in the middle of a crisis? How can one be assured they are walking in the will of God? The answer lies in being prepared beforehand. Jesus knew the will of the Father in this situation already. If we will pay attention we will know His will ahead of time too! God prepares us for the things that are coming. We can't see them but He can. Then our emotions can be real and raw but not lead us astray. Press into God daily and He will prepare you for lies ahead. Amen?
Father, we thank You for emotions. They are from You. Help us to never allow them to speak louder in our lives than Your voice. We want to be led by You and You alone. Prepare us for what lies ahead we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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