From little girls’ T-shirts, to greeting cards, to food labels and beyond, the world proclaims, “Follow your heart!” The maxim rings true, right? It’s up there with “Be yourself” and “all you need is love.”
But, as with anything the world tells us, we need to examine this saying in the light of Scripture.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
Wow. I have been a Christian since I was 10 and I thought I knew the Bible pretty well, but when someone quoted Jeremiah 17:9 to me sometime in my 40s, I thought, “Why haven’t I heard this one before?” In all the sermons I have listened to in church, on the radio, or online, I don’t remember a preacher mentioning this. Somehow I had also missed it in my personal Bible study.
- The Bible says to “guard your heart” (Proverbs 4:23).
- The Psalmist implores of the Lord to “examine my heart” (Psalm 26:2) and
- “create in me a pure heart” (Psalm 51:10).
- “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Clearly we cannot blindly follow our own hearts. Every thought and feeling must be checked and submitted to the authority of Christ and His Word. We need His help daily to keep our hearts in line with His will.
Subtle lies masquerade as truth everywhere we look, and we must remain alert, examining all claims, using the Bible as the ultimate truth.
By the way, what do you think God would say about “Be yourself” or “All you need is love?”