Heart Versus God
“If it feels good, go ahead!”
“If it feels right, then yeah by all means do it!”
Do these statements sound familiar?
Problem with this thinking is that there’s no absolute truth to these situations. To those who subscribe to this type of thinking may easily argue that “it may not be good for you, but it’s totally fine for me.”
What does the Bible say about the human heart? While the world says “follow your heart”, the Word says “your heart is deceitful“. In other words, we’re not supposed to follow our own hearts, since we’d easily become wayward and it would be a step away from God’s heart.
One example of this is when Saul decided to disobey God by following his own heart, and in so doing was on his way to being replaced as king of Israel.
Even king David, who is better known as “one who is after God’s own heart”, thought that he deserved a “break“. Or perhaps he was saying to himself, “I deserve to be happy, after all, I am king.” The moment he followed his heart, he was deceived into thinking that he can do things on his own terms and outside of God’s will and purpose for him. When he listened to his heart, he thought that he could easily fix problems on his own without seeking God’s guidance. It certainly led him to a series of sins that he would soon deeply regret. Even if people don’t find out or worse – if people actually agree with you in your wrongdoing, God knows.
What should we be doing then? Let us guard our hearts and be a people after God’s own heart.
Do you feel that you need a break? Get down, pray, and talk to God. God is not limited. God is not stingy. When we follow our heart’s pleasures and not His pleasures, we end up despising God. Let’s not despise the reading of His Word.
David repented when he heard God’s warning through prophet Nathan’s story. Be alert of those little compromises that we slowly and seemingly build into something we suddenly become “proud” of. So watch out! Guard your heart and let’s have the same attitude of repentance (David’s example) and not of arrogance (Saul’s example).
God’s level of love differs from the way we love. God’s amazing love is just awesome, He is a God of restoration.
Do you believe in the saying “Follow your heart”?