Trust Your Heart?

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins (test the mind), even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 17:9-10

The marketing that we are exposed to from day to day is geared toward us following our heart. Think of the slogan of “Just Do It” or a movie or story ending with “Happily Ever After.” The truth is, happily ever after doesn’t exist on this earth, especially if we simply follow our heart. Just do it describes following our dreams no matter what they may be and no matter who they may hurt or destroy. We are taught to be ambitious and be our best self and pursue what makes us happy. We our taught by society to pursue the corporate ladder and step on whomever you must to get to the top. We have spouses leaving one another to pursue another love interest, not considering the ugly aftermath of sin by following their heart and their own lustful ambition. Sin always presents greener pastures on the other side of your heart’s pursuits, but it is never greener and it always destructive.

I have followed my heart many times and it has led to poor financial decisions, discontentment, and countless fights. I cannot think of one time when I followed my heart and I was pleased at the end of the pursuit of what my heart desired. There is always a battle within me where my heart’s desires fight against that which I know to be right. I have sometimes settled for something far less as opposed to waiting on what God had for me because I simply needed to have that thing right here and right now. I was not patient to wait because my heart would not allow it, and I settled for the lesser “now” instead of waiting on God. In all cases, following our heart will lead to destruction and we are fools if we pursue after it and try to appease that which cannot be satisfied.

I remember when I started my master’s program at ASU that my parents told me they would purchase me an expensive watch that I had my eyes on for a long time. At times, the watch kept me motivated when classes became tough and cumbersome. I felt like I would never finish and the more than two years it took me seemed like such a long time. I strived to do my best as I did not want to jeopardize my employer paying my tuition, and I did not want to squander my opportunity in obtaining this beautiful watch. I was about nine months away from finishing my degree when an amazing opportunity came to light and my heart began to flutter.

There was another brand of watch that was not as distinguished but it was still a beautiful watch. I had seen an advertisement for this watch with an offer or 20% off, which was a significant savings. There was a ten day window to get this watch at this price, so I spoke to my dad and he agreed with me that it was a good deal, but told me he would talk to my mom. I was already imagining how good the watch would look on my wrist and clearing my schedule for when we would go pick it up. I got a text a couple of days later and my dad told me that they would wait until I graduated and declined this amazing offer. I was taken aback a little and obviously disappointed, but I understood their position and dejectedly resolved to just be content in waiting.

The months flew by and I started to look for the watch I really wanted. I found a used one and spoke to my parents about it. I was about a month from graduating and in my last class. My parents agreed to buy me the watch and it was the brand I had wanted all along. The watch was beautiful and the jeweler promised to polish it up for me and make it shine like new. I picked up the watch when it was ready, and I was more pleased with it than I would have been with the previous watch that was on sale. I am glad I waited and I am glad I did not try to purchase the other watch, although I had previously relished the idea of doing so. I had to check my attitude as I was told no, but I was not mad at my parents and I am so glad I waited. I still cherish the watch and it is a reminder to me to not settle for something lesser in the interim instead of waiting for the best.

Where are you today? Are you following your heart? Are you about to make a life-destroying decision? Are you pursuing that which will not satisfy? Are you making a temporal decision that will destroy your life instead of living for eternity? We all battle with following our heart, but we must know and understand it is deceitfully wicked and it will always lead us astray. May we not be deceived by our heart, and may we ask God like David did in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Will you follow your deceitful heart, or will you ask God to search it and reveal its true ambitions? May we choose what God will have for us instead of pursuing that which is deceitful and wicked.

Stay in the Fight!

1 Comments

  1. Marta Moreno on 05/01/2024 at 9:44 am

    Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.

    To God be the glory!

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