That's right. Don't follow your heart.
So this has been on my mind for a while now. As a matter of fact, I posted on Facebook and Instagram about this:
Anyone who has read Jeremiah 17:9 should know that your heart will deceive you. Feelings are temporary. What you just know 'with all your heart' or 'in your gut' is right, often is not. And I admit it, I have been guilty of this just as much as anyone else. It's something God has to remind me of all the time, that I'm supposed to follow Him, not my own heart.
It seems like every movie my younger siblings watch (or that I watched as a kid) pushed following your heart. As if somehow magically, following what you think is right will always bring about a happy ending and there will never be any trouble in your life. I don't agree with this.
You can't follow your heart, because then you're following your own desires and wishes, not God's.
And let's be honest, our own desires and wishes aren't the best. My heart's desire is to eat a dozen donuts in one siting, but I know that is bad for me so I don't. I know that sounds silly but it's just an example of something trifling that our hearts mislead us in. Think about all the bigger, more important things our hearts and feelings can lead us away from the Lord in!
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
Wow. God's Word says my heart is deceitful above all things. It deceives me?
Yes, it does.
My heart tells me that I'm a good person. My heart tells me that I'm not wrong in a fight. My heart tells me that what I'm doing is what's best. And you know what? My heart is wrong. I am not a good person- If I were a good person, I wouldn't have needed Christ to save me from my sin. I usually am wrong when there's a fight, just ask my mom. I usually do what I think is best for myself by it all reality it's the worst decision I could make. If I listened to my heart, I'd be on my way to a real and burning hell, friendless and in so much trouble I'd never get out, all while still trying to convince myself that I'm a good person who has done nothing wrong.
Thank the Lord, He forgives. And trusting Him is easier than listening to my own heart. Feelings come and go, but God's Word- what we should be following- lasts forever. As long as I'm following God's Word and His Will for my life, I know I'm following what I need to.
So, please. Don't follow your heart. Follow the Lord.
I promise, if you follow God, it's going to end a lot better than if you follow your heart.