I have heard so many people make the following two statements “I am just going to follow my heart” and “God knows my heart”. The statements sound good, but I am here to empower you to live life better; therefore, I offer the following advice. You need to be heartbroken!
Jeremiah 17:9 New Living Translation (NLT) tells us “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” Why would you follow your heart when it is described as dishonest, deceiving and unreliable? Further it is dreadfully tainted, corrupted and evil. It is a part of your soul which will go in the direction of either the flesh or the spirit. It is like a see-saw moving up or down at will. It is the thermostat displaying the temperature of your spirit man or your flesh man. Your heart cannot be trusted. It is not a leader, rather a follower, which is the exact reason why you cannot follow it.
Depending on your heart is leaning to your own understanding. It is being indulgent to your emotions and it is unwise. Emotions are finicky and can change easily. They are filled and emptied with the changing of a circumstance or by an experience both of which are uncontrolled variables.
Your heart is not equipped to determine direction. It is not a compass. It cannot perceive range and scope and is affected by short range events. Your heart does not see the big picture which is why it needs a director. We must allow the word to be “a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path” and decide against following our heart.
We are provided the good instruction on what to do with our heart in Proverbs 4:23–26, “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” The statement “God knows my heart” is absolutely true. Because of its fragile and flippant nature He teaches us to protect it! Put a watch over it because the output of it is far-reaching!
In the year to come I encourage you to relinquish the dependency on your heart. Choose the word as your guide and watch your forward movement become sure and steady!