We hear the phrase “follow your heart” all the time and movies, social media, and in the world today. But is this phrase accurate for the Christian? If we follow our hearts, are we truly following God? What does the Bible have to say about the heart? Let’s look at all of these things together to better understand what God‘s will is for our hearts.
First, the Bible says the heart is evil above all else (Jeremiah 17:9). If this is true, then following it would lead to disaster. This could mean that we are following selfishness, pride, and any other sinful quality that lives in our hearts. That does not sound like it would give us the happiness that we want in our lives. Second, the Bible says the heart is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23). From the heart comes everything about us: our character, our thoughts, and our actions. So if we know that our hearts are the beat of our lives, then we should make sure that what we are putting in them is from the Lord and not from ourselves. Third, the Bible tells us to guard our hearts in Proverbs 4:23. It is not something to take lightly, but instead be very protective over our hearts. Do not allow the outside world to corrupt the inside of our souls.
This tells us that rather than trusting in ourselves and our own hearts, we should trust in the Lord. He will never fail us. He is trustworthy to lead and guide our hearts in the way we should go. We cannot see what is ahead of us, but God can. He will handle our hearts with care. So give your heart over to him, and trust that He knows what is best.