If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. -James 1:5
Follow your heart….some of the worst advice we can get.
We see time and time again in scripture that the Israelites followed their hearts. They did what they thought was best. It lead them to compromise the laws of God and be lead into captivity. Later it lead the religious leaders to follow the laws of God, but as they thought they should, and in so doing, they ended up crucifying their Savior and Messiah.
Do not be confused. The Pharisees and other religious leaders weren’t intentionally evil. They weren’t against God or the things of God. Actually, they were trying really hard to follow all the laws. In their minds, they fully believed they were doing the will of God by crucifying Jesus.
Where had they gone so wrong? Simple...they followed the desires of their hearts. They followed the law in a way that benefited themselves. They did not understand the heart of God and they did not heed the warning of the prophet Jeremiah:
“The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings. -Jeremiah 17:9-10
The Pharisees knew this scripture but they refused to heed it’s warning. Instead of trusting God to examine their hearts, they put their trust in their hearts.
In so doing, the enemy used them as a tool to accomplish his will on the earth. We see this clearly in this passage:
On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” -Matthew 27:62-64
They call Jesus, “the deceiver” and they are doing everything they can to keep Him from getting more followers. If they really trusted God, they wouldn’t be trusting in themselves to solve this issue but God. Instead, the Pharisees are “following their hearts”, which told them to kill and discredit Jesus. They did as their hearts commanded.
The result? God was true to His Word and to Himself. God used their folly to further validate the testimony of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Nothing was going to stop the resurrection, all they did was validate the truth of God even more. Nothing can stand against God!
What then can we do? If our hearts can have us so completely convinced of absolute lies! We can follow Jesus. We can yield and submit to the wisdom of God, of which He gives freely. We can find His true wisdom written in His word.
Our hearts wisdom will lead to nothing. Our hearts wisdom will lead to destruction. It is the wisdom of Christ and God alone that brings life.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit. -Jeremiah 17:7-8