He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered (Prov. 28:29)
A common expression that we hear often in society is “just follow your heart!” It’s curious what we mean when we say this. Do we mean follow your instincts? Do we mean follow what you love? Do we mean follow your desires?
If we mean follow our desires, we see that the Bible is in clear disagreement. And this is no surprise. In the world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Of course the world encourages us to follow our hearts, the ruler of this age wants us to end up in Hell.
The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it? (Jer. 17:9)
Walking wisely would be recognizing this truth about the heart. It is wicked. It is desperately wicked! Every chance our sinful hearts get it will try and sin against God. Walking wisely would be realizing this and continually seeking God for deliverance. When trying to decide what type of diet to have, what job to take, what person to date, what to do with one’s time, talents, and treasures; when trying to figure out how to live our lives, how to counsel our loved ones, how to respond to adversity and opposition; when we open our eyes in the morning and go about our day, it would be most wise to be in prayer and meditation on the Word of God so that we can follow what He would have us to do and how He would have us to live. If we do otherwise, we will live foolishly and waste our potential and our lives.