“Trust your heart.” You’ve heard it said many times. You’ve probably even said it a few times yourself.
When a young person has to choose between two equally good colleges, their parents might tell them, “just trust your heart.”
When a woman knows that two men are interested in her romantically, and she has to decide which one she will date or marry, her friends might tell her, “just trust your heart, girl.”
When a man has two equally good job offers, and he can’t seem to decide which one to accept, his friends might tell him, “just trust your heart.”
“Just trust your heart” — it’s pretty popular advice, but it might not always be the best advice.
Do you know what the Bible says about the human heart? It says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Why do we sin, do bad things, and make mistakes? Because of our hearts, which the Bible says are “desperately wicked.”
Many parents have lamented the fact that their children don’t have to be taught to do wrong, but they do have to be taught to do what is right. Why? Because their hearts, from birth, are wicked. In fact, the Bible says in Psalm 58:3, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.”
Why do so many people struggle with drugs and pornography — returning again and again to these sins and vices even though they know their lives are being ruined by them and that they are becoming addicted? Because of the heart. God says that the heart is “desperately wicked.” That is so true; the heart so often leads us astray.
Why is it so easy for “good kids” — who come from good families and have everything that money could buy — to be influenced by negative peer pressure and end up ruining their lives dealing in drugs or crime and ending up in prison? Why? Because the heart is “desperately wicked.”
Why do men and women, regardless of age, race, and ethnicity, lie, cheat, steal, commit fornication, commit adultery, hate, and kill. Why? Because the heart is “desperately wicked.”
You see, it’s not always a good idea to trust your heart.
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Change My Heart, Oh God” by Eddie Espinosa