Why Settling Won’t Satisfy
by Levi Lusko
Blindly following your heart is a really bad idea. The prophet Jeremiah warned that our hearts are “deceitful” and “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). As Anakin Skywalker painfully discovered, going with your gut can destroy your life and everything you hold dear.
You might be tempted to reject that idea entirely, thinking of all the good things following your heart has led you to do and experience. Levi, you are probably thinking, my college major, career choice, love of cats, and decision to do relief work in Rwanda have all come from following my heart. I totally get that, and I would agree with you on the goodness of every one of those (except the love of cats). That’s why I said we must not follow our hearts blindly and that following our feelings can lead to disaster. It can also lead to wonderful things. But knowing the difference is tricky, and that is precisely why we need a higher authority to guide us.
Just as your heart can make you fall in love with the person of your dreams, it can also make you throw your marriage away for a steamy, short- lived affair. Your feelings can tell you to run someone off the road in rage, just as they can tell you to stop and help a stranded motorist change a tire. Remember the Ashley Madison leaks, which exposed the identities of the users of a popular online service that facilitates people looking to cheat on their spouses? I’ll bet you every single person whose reputation and character was tarnished felt as if he knew precisely what he was doing when he signed up. Our most noble achievements, and our most tragic mistakes, all come from the same exact place: the human heart.
The black box is always opened eventually. Your sin will find you out. Sooner or later, what was done in secret will get tweeted from the rooftops.
Are you gloating? Smugly thinking that your sin hasn’t been revealed yet? Know this: it doesn’t always happen in this life. Nothing is hidden from the sight of him to whom we must all give an account (Hebrews 4:13).
Just as a pilot needs instruments he can trust, you need objective indicators for your soul. Your feelings aren’t irrelevant; they just can’t rule your life. Monitor them, but don’t trust them. Rather, run them through an objective filter, so that even when you feel like doing wrong, you can spot the danger and choose to avoid it.
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