Because the heart can be deceptive
Today’s Scripture: Jeremiah 17: 5-10
Have you ever been told, “Follow your heart. Just follow your heart”? Well, I bet you have. I also have, and I have “followed my heart” quite a number of times, only to wonder at the end of the day if I was even thinking in the first place.
In verse five of the seventeenth chapter in Jeremiah, the Lord says, “cursed are those who…turn their hearts away from the Lord”. In verse nine, He says, “The human heart is most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked”, but we serve a God who “searches all hearts and examines secret motives”.
As stated above, the heart can be deceptive. What kind of heart do you have? What are your motives in any situation? If you do not always have good intentions, even if you do “good” things, should you really follow that kind of heart?
The Bible in Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts above all else because it determines the course of our lives. You see that?! What do you permit to settle in your heart? Hatred? Unforgiveness? Pain? And then when faced with a life decision, you still trust the hatred-filled heart for a good decision? Your guess is as good as mine.
King David knew the importance of a clean heart (see Psalm 51:17). He proclaimed that God will not reject a repentant heart. So, if your heart is right, thoughts, decisions, words and activities will all fall in line. Remember, the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart and only the pure in heart will see God. (see Matthew 5:8)
Take these with you today:
1. Do not trust yourself so much. (See Jeremiah 17: 5-8)
2. Always realise that not everything you want is best for you. (Proverbs 31:30)
3. Ask God for what you want, but always be willing to change if you discover you are not in agreement with God’s Will.
Prayer Point: Lord, I yield my heart to you this moment. Reign, O Jesus, reign! Reign in my heart.