Sometimes I wake up grumpy. Actually, until I get a few cups of coffee in me I am almost always a bit grumpy. But sometimes, even coffee doesn't do the trick. Maybe it's the weather or something someone said or a headache or who knows what...but I am just in a bad mood. Honestly, sometimes I don't even know why. Some days just aren't good, right?
On those days I have to be careful. On those days I am prone to get mad at my kids for small things. On those days I am prone to send an email I shouldn't send. On those days I am likely to say something I shouldn't say. My feelings get the better of me and I am prone to do or say something dumb.
Feelings come and feelings go, but how I feel doesn't change the truth.
The truth is that I love my kids, even when they drive me crazy. The truth is that the world isn't terrible, just because I am in a bad mood. My feelings can cloud my view of the world and even my view of God.
The events of the world (hurricanes in Florida, mass shootings in schools, deaths of friends or family) can affect me emotionally (which is normal), and if left unchecked, that can lead to a place where I become angry with God or start to think He doesn't care about me or the world. My feelings can cloud my view of who God is or what He is like.
But God doesn't change. His character isn't affected by how I feel. He is unchanging and He is good.
Exodus 34:6 tells us that, "The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness" and that is who God is. I may not feel it; but no matter how I feel, the truth is that God is who He is and who He is...is good.