Do Not Let Your Emotions Deceive or Control
In Genesis 27, we read in God’s Word an illustration of what will happen when we allow our emotions to deceive and control us. God does not hide anything from us. He reveals the good as well as the evil.
When Rebekah learned that Isaac was preparing to bless Esau, she quickly devised a plan to trick him into blessing Jacob instead. She took matters into her own hands. For her, the end justified the means.
Unfortunately, we can allow ourselves to be deceived and controlled by our emotions or deceived and controlled by other’s emotions. When we lose something of great value or another conspires against us and at the time seems to be succeeding in their injustice, our first and most natural reaction is anger.
Esau was so angry at Jacob that he failed to see his own wrong in giving away the birthright, Genesis 25: 27-34, in the first place. Jealous anger blinds us from seeing the benefits we have and makes us dwell on what we do not have.
Samson is another example who was blinded by his emotions and his weaknesses not seeing the blessings God had already provided for him, Judges 13:5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.
However, Samson allowed Delilah a deceitful woman with honey on her lips and poison in her heart to play on his emotions and weaknesses.
Proverbs 5:3-4 – For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
Delilah was cold and calculating. She played on Samson’s emotions. Four times she took advantage of him because he was deceived by her flattery and her enormous way of twisting the facts to support her actions and claims. She already had her hook deeply planted in his nose and was leading him around like a captive slave because she knew how to play on his emotions.
At first glance it looked like Delilah succeeded in her plotting and scheming, but God never allows evil to prevail.
Psalm 28:3-5 – Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts. Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back upon them what they deserve. Since they show no regard for the works of the Lord and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again.
Judges 16:18-30, Samson was deceived by Delilah because he wanted to believe her lies. He did not choose to be captured by the Philistines, but he did choose to be with Delilah. Since, he choose to follow the way of Delilah’s flattery, lies, deception, and manipulation of his emotions, he could not escape the consequences of his wrong decisions. Now Samson had plenty of time to think about Delilah and was she worth spending the rest of his life in humiliation.
In the end Samson recognized his dependence on God. God turned his failures and defeats into victory. He holds a place in the Book of Hebrews in the Hall of Faith.
However for Delilah, she was killed and never mentioned again, Isaiah 41:11 – All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
As Bobby and I have journeyed through the road of lessons and trials concerning our own emotions and now are waiting for our loved ones to have their blinders removed. We trust and believe that God will show them how others are controlling them by pulling the emotional strings; God has provided Scripture after Scripture telling us to stick to the Script, Isaiah 55:8-11- v-11 …It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Psalm 31:14-18 – But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. Let me not be put to shame, O Lord, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave. Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
Knowing and believing that life’s circumstances are under God’s control and believing that He loves and cares for us enables us to keep steady in our faith. It is by faith that we stand firm.
2 Corinthians 1:20 –For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.