Trust in Your Heart?

He who trusts his own heart is a fool.
(Proverbs 28:26-paraphrase)

I was talking with a young friend about studying the Scripture. She was resistant to using study guides or commentaries. “I want to discover the truth for myself. I don’t want to believe what anyone else says is truth. I want to follow my heart,” she said, “like Ariel in Little Mermaid.”

The Little Mermaid is a Disney retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. Andersen’s story ends in heartbreak and disaster for the mermaid. In Disney’s, of course, everyone lives happily ever after.

Red warning lights flashed. “The Holy Spirit can and will lead you to truth,” I told her. “But the Bible is clear on the matter of following your heart: Your heart will deceive you. It is desperately wicked and unknowable.”

She was stunned. “I thought the Bible would tell us to follow our hearts,” she protested.

“No,” I said. “The Bible and Disney do not agree on the origin of Truth. The Bible tells us to follow God’s leading whether or not our heart agrees. It says that God is Absolute Truth and our heart is an absolute liar.”

My young friend is not alone is her misconceptions. We have forgotten that it is our soul, or heart, that is in need of salvation and transformation. Instead, we listen to it and are foolishly led astray. Some would consider it insulting, but recognition of this fact is the basis for salvation:

Today, O Spirit of Truth, let me hear and listen to You. Let me march to the beating of Your heart.

Copyright 2008 by Rebekah Montgomery

Rebekah Montgomery, author/speaker/teacher, is a gifted, dynamic communicator. She is the author of more than five books and has penned 1,100 articles. She shares tough real-life topics and biblical application in a simple easy to grasp manner. To book Rebekah for your next event visit http://www.rebekahmontgomery.comRebekah is also the editor of Right to the Heart of Women and a publisher at Jubilant Press .

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