Proverbs 7:24-27 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
How many times have you been told, or else you have heard someone else being told to follow their heart? On the surface, this may sound like good advice. To follow what your heart tells you to do. Follow your dreams. Listen to your inner voice. However, the Bible often warns us against doing such a thing. Jeremiah 17:9 says; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
In our verses today, the wisdom of Solomon, given to his son, is not to let his heart be directed toward the seducing women. Why, because he says many STRONG men have been defeated by such sexual sin. Not wimps, weaklings, or the gullible, but strong men have been taken by this trap of deceptive pleasure. Solomon doesn’t say not to follow your heart. Instead, he asks his son to guide his heart, and not to be fooled by sin and its tempting lies.
How might we guide our heart you may be asking? When looking back into Jeremiah where it warned about our hearts weakness, it also says in Jeremiah 17:5 “thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” What caused the curse? A heart departed from the LORD. How might we keep our heart? Jeremiah 17:7 says; “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” Blessed is the person whose hope is in the LORD.
So follow your heart. Chase your dreams. Listen to that inner voice. However, only do so if your dreams are to fulfill God’s will, your inner voice is that of the Holy Spirit, and your heart is founded in Jesus Christ our LORD and Saviour.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
The now famous phrase “What Would Jesus Do,” has kept many young people from making a bad choice. Why not let it help us all. When we are faced with any type of temptation, we should ask ourselves, “What Would Jesus Do?”
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Deuteronomy 25-27 / Luke 3:23 – 4:13
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