One phrase that dominates talk shows and self help books is “follow your heart”.
As followers of Jesus we need to think about that before we act. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Well that changes things a little bit, unless of course you want to go down a deceitful, wicked path. I’m assuming that’s not our goal.
I think we would be better served to start with this well-known verse as a foundation. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”
The way this breaks down for us is really simple. It’s not our heart that we need to trust. If we are honest with ourselves we would be willing to admit that our heart’s tendency is to stray. Like the old song… “though my heart is prone to wander”. What we need to trust, actually Who in this case, is the Lord that has our heart. Trust Him, not your heart. Believe that He will lead you the way that you should go.
We’ll wrap this up with a great quote that has been resonating in my melon lately:
“God takes full responsibility of the life that is fully devoted to Him.”