Looking Past the Deceitful Heart


The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it?  I, Yahweh, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve. Jeremiah 17:9-10 HCSB


We are told so many times, during so many situations that the best way to get through our days, to get through our lives is to follow our hearts.  In love, in our career opportunities, in our friendships, “follow your heart” seems to be the mantra of the present generation. The problem with this thinking, is that it is fleeing. Jeremiah wasn’t just penning random words here, what he was telling us is truth, that the heart is deceitful.   

Emotions themselves tend to be intertwined with “what the heart wants” mentality; however, the heart is fickle, and our heart is deceitful.  We rely on it to make decisions, which if we use the heart, feelings, or emotions to make decisions for us, we are bound for failure.   

What is crazy is, that us mere humans, we want to follow something.  We want reassurance, whether it being in our relationship with God, our spiritual walk, or any kind of outside decision we may make, we almost need confirmation outside the heart. The question is, how do we get out of that mindset? 

Instead of following our hearts, if you will, we must be diligent. We must spend time in the Word.  We must slay our flesh sisters, and ground ourselves in the truth of the word. Our emotions are fickle; the Word is true. The Word is applicable to every circumstance, the Word is relevant. If you are going through significant circumstances in life, don’t follow your heart. Spend time in prayer, spend time with your Father, and spend time in the Word. We are fickle, the Father is not. Trust Him, trust His Word, and rest in all that that entails. Rather than following your heart, follow the truth, the never changing, never failing Word of God. Because it is good and He is good. 


Father, I  thank you that regardless of my ever changing circumstances, thoughts, or situations, I can rely on your truth.  I thank you that I don’t need to follow my heart, however I can look to your word, regardless of what I may need.  I love you Jesus, in Your name I pray, amen.  

Your Turn 

Spend time this week studying the heart vs the truth in the Word.