Don’t Follow Your Heart (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

Jeremiah 17:9-10


9 The heart is deceitful above all things,

and desperately sick;

who can understand it?

10 “I the Lord search the heart

and test the mind,

to give every man according to his ways,

according to the fruit of his deeds.”


            It’s funny what happens to a person as he grows older. I find myself watching little Disney movies with my children and catching the rhetoric and worldview behind the films. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the Lion King and all the rest, but there is something strange to seeing the worldview being espoused in so much of what entertains us.


            One part of the worldview that is generally put forth in any movie is the counsel, “Just follow your heart.” Almost any child’s movie, at one point or another, tells the young one to do what his or her heart tells him or her to do. It seems like such safe, such wise advice. But, dear me, it is not.


            Gods’ word reminds us that the heart of man is deceitful, desperately sick. No man knows his own heart. No woman grasps the sickness that lies therein. No child understands how his or her little heart has been darkened by the influence of sin. The fact is, the human heart is not trustworthy; it makes a terrible guide.


            God knows our hearts. He can rightly judge us by both our actions and our hearts’ intents. However, this judgment does not help us. We do not even know how wicked our hearts are. We do not even recognize that, when we think we are doing things for good motives, our hearts convict us.


            Christians, while God has made our old and dead hearts alive, we need to recognize that our hearts still often harbor sin. We need God’s word to speak truth into them. We cannot be guided by our hearts alone. We must be guided by God’s word. There is no sin and no darkness in the word of God. It is perfect and able to make us equipped for every good work. Do not follow your heart unless your heart is first following the clear revelation of God found in his holy word.

1 thought on “Don’t Follow Your Heart (Jeremiah 17:9-10)”

  1. Do not follow your heart unless your heart is first following the clear revelation of God found in his holy word.

    I agree completely with this last sentence.

    Our church was just talking about the heart the other day, and I learned that the heart is basically your mind, your thoughts, your desires, your intentions, your motives.

    Great post!


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