There’s one quote that has stayed with me since I first read it. I’ve written about it before. It’s from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together. He wrote that “God is not a god of emotions, but a God of truth.” I remember it because my initial reaction was a negative one, and the more I thought about it, the more Dietrich was making sense. Thus, it stuck. If you look at Myers Briggs types, then you’ll understand why I reacted so badly to this. I’m an INFP. Emotions tend to rule what I say and do. Emotional connection means a lot to me. Here’s the thing, though, when it comes to God, if I let my emotions rule all the time, there would be big problems. My perception of God cannot be based on my emotions.
If something bad happens, God MUST be ignoring me. Right?
God is soveriegn. God is in control. He has a purpose even if I can’t see it.
The emotional response isn’t always the truth. The emotional response requires a nudge – sometimes subtle, sometimes violent – to be brought back to the truth of who God is. Think about the Psalms. Think about how the psalmists would be asking where God is and in the end be recounting his deeds from history. I never want to stay stuck in the first part of the Psalm. That’s not a good place to be. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. There isn’t much constant in life, but that is one thing.
God is a god of truth.
The only truth you can count on.