“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
When it comes to making tough decisions, whether it’s business, relationships, or what brand of car to buy; you always hear people say that they are going to follow their heart.
One thing I love about God is that, when He reveals something to a person, no matter the quantity of information, it will blow your mind.
Now following your heart sounds like the right thing to do; but God revealed to me with this verse that because of sin, your heart is designed to deceive you. This is why Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
Have you ever let it sink into your spirit and minister to your heart that God knows all things? That’s why Proverbs 3:5-6 should be Scriptures that we meditate on daily; because it’s nothing to an All-Knowing God, to show us the right ways concerning our small affairs in this life.
Another thing I love about God is that in John 14:26, He said, concerning the Holy Spirit:
“…he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I (the Word) have said unto you.” (John 14:26)
And as I think on this revelation of Jeremiah 17:9, my mind travels to Philippians 4:8, where Paul names eight things and admonished us to think of these things:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Then I travel to 2 Corinthians 10:5, where Paul says that we are:
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
As I go “…precept upon precept; …line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:10); I received from God that on this Christian journey, we are to out-think ourselves. Not simply because the flesh will deceive us, but also because we are instructed in Galatians 5:16 to “… Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
We say things pertaining to life that become crutches for us; and one of these things we say is that we all make mistakes. Yes, we all do make mistakes. But that’s only because we don’t follow the directions of the only no-fault navigational device (the Bible).
The Psalmist said in Psalms 119:105:
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
God’s Word gives us perfect vision to see where we are and also to see where we are going. Let’s feast on the Word of God and allow the spiritual man plenty of food for thought.