From time to time I have a couple of young men come to my door to challenge me to read portions from their copy of “another gospel” which they are very happy to give to me. Upon reading it I am then asked to explain what my heart is feeling and if I felt a peace as I read it.
How many times have you every been advised to trust your heart? Did you know that that advise is wrong, dead wrong? Scripture speaks directly against it.
Numbers 15:39 And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined.
Proverbs 28:26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.
So, if we can not to trust our heart, then what do we trust? Solomon gives the solution in three easy steps:
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
The literal translation of the word “paths” means “way of life.” He does not force your direction but He gives direction. We are free to choose it. But, why would we not choose His ways?