“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
2020 is full of surprises! As far as I am concerned, I would be perfectly fine with no more surprises for the rest of the year.
When we’re faced with perplexing and confusing situations, how are Christians to lead? What is the basis by which we ought to live our lives?
Something I hear a lot in such situations is “Go with your heart. Go with your gut feeling. Go with what feels right to you.”
STOP!!! That’s terrible advice. That is a recipe for terrible decisions.
The heart has no business leading. The heart is something that is to be kept and guarded. The heart is not something that should lead. The heart is something that should be led.
The word for “keep” is also translated as “guard” in the NIV. The Hebrew word mishar actually means to imprison, jail, watch, keep, or guard. The sense is that the heart is something that must be watched and kept under control because the heart is unreliable.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse – who can understand it?” Look at the words God uses to describe our hearts: devious and perverse. You see the heart is devious and perverse because it has no boundaries and no morals. The heart doesn’t care that you made a solemn vow to God and your spouse. The heart doesn’t care about right or wrong. When the heart feels tenderness for someone other than your spouse, it tells you to go for it. The heart says, it feels so right it must be right.
The heart is to be guarded and kept under locks because it must be led. Christians cannot allow the heart to lead.
Then what is to guide us? For the Christian this is a no brainer. It’s God’s word. God’s word is the only true guide for the Christian.