Tom Elliff
Oklahoma City, OK

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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How Are You Feeling?

By on November 12, 2014

“I know I’m not supposed to feel this way,” a friend of mine commented after suffering a tragic loss. “After all, the Christian life is about faith, not feelings.” “Oh really?” I replied, “Where did you get the idea that God doesn’t care about your feelings?”

The Lord cares how you feel. Scriptural references to God’s concern for our feelings are far too numerous to list here. But consider both His words and His actions as he sought to comfort troubled disciples on the eve of the crucifixion. “Do not let your heart be troubled” He plead before offering them reassuring truth about future realities (John 14:1-6).

The evidence of Christian maturity is not a lack of feeling but a disposition controlled by faith rather than circumstances. “Believe in God,” Christ urged His perplexed followers who were so troubled about the future, “and believe also in me.” Faith is merely taking God at His word and leaving the results to Him.

“Daddy, I can’t see you!” cried a boy who’s father had urged him to jump from the smoke filled window of a burning house. “But I can see you!” replied the father, “so jump and I will catch you.” You too can rest in the fact that your Heavenly Father sees you right now, right where you are.

The resolution to all that troubles you begins with total abandonment to the Lord. “Trust me,” Jesus urged His disciples, among whom was Peter. Later, writing to troubled believers, Peter reminded them to “(cast) all  your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

“He cares for you!” Yes He does! Right now! Right where you are!

Rejoice evermore!

Tom Elliff

2 Tim 1:12

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  • cbtolosa

    That’s why the LORD tells us 365 times in His Word to, “…do not fear.”  Thanks for the reminder Bro. Elliff.