“Listen to your heart”...Is Dangerous

Is God’s word the center of all you do? “My son, give attention to my words; keep them in the midst of your heart” ( Proverbs 4:20). The human heart is a vital organ that sustains life within our bodies. The left ventricle of our heart is larger than the right. It has to pump oxygenated blood throughout the body and therefore needs more room to do so. The right ventricle pumps blood to the closely placed lungs which is then oxygenated and pumped back to the heart so the left ventricle can do its job. It is because of these vital functions that the heart is still referred to as the center of the body, though it is not exactly centrally placed. Since God is our creator, He uses this example of the heart to parallel the utmost importance of having His word at the center of ourselves.

Gods’ word should be the center of everything we do. Unfortunately, Gods word is not found in the midst of many. In November of 1989 the number one song in this nation was entitled “Listen to your heart”. 24 years later our nation is still listening to their hearts. These hearts, without Gods word, are the same ones He tells us are “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Each year about 2.4 million marriages begin in the United States. Within the same amount of time, one short year, about 1.2 million people end their marriage with divorce. It is safe to say that the better part of those 1.2 million people were “following their heart” to what they hoped would be a happy life. People often then file for divorce touting ridiculous popular mantras such as “do what feels right”, “you have to do what makes you happy” and, again, “listen to your heart”. We as a people have forgotten the benefit of keeping Gods word at the center of our decisions. Galatians 5:22 lists longsuffering as one of the wonderful fruits of Gods precious spirit. To work on the marriage and put all efforts in to making it better through Gods advice escapes people. This is sad evidence of a great lack of longsuffering. Instead of listening to God, we as a people listen to these modern advisors. Nowhere in God’s word will you find those easy exits.

“As in water face reflects face, so a mans heart reveals the man” (Prov. 27:19). In Genesis 27 we find Esau stewing over the difference in blessings given to himself and his brother. He allows evil, angry thoughts to take root in his heart. Verse 41 “Esau said in his heart, the days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob” Here is a perfect example of letting an angry heart lead instead of Gods word. God word tells us to “be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19) Also, Exodus 20 lists “though shalt not murder as 1 of only 10 simple straight forward commandments directly from God. Esau is choosing to listen to his heart instead of listening to God.

“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes” (Duet. 11:18)– God wants us to have His word firmly planted in our hearts. He advises us to do so because He knows if we do not totally commit our hearts in this way, we will be led to sin indefinitely. The word commit is defined as “pledging oneself to a position on an issue “. In Numbers 30:1-2 Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Israel, saying, “This is what the Lord has commanded. If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. This is not to be confused with another modern saying we hear so often, “give your heart to Jesus”. Many people use that saying as an event of temporary (shallow) commitment. Our commitment or pledge to follow God is not a onetime event. It is a constant, mindful effort that we choose to make each day. To consider it anything less, is disrespectful.

As our perfect advisor, God, has instructions for us to follow at all times. It is up to us to make the commitment, pledge to follow Him at all times. His word must be the central place from which we draw all advice. Luke 12:34” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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