Last night, we talked about Samson; the testosterone laden, impulsive, and tragically flawed deliverer of God’s people. Samson is the poster child for acting on one’s feelings. He wanted a prostitute? There’s one around here, go take her. He wants to take out some anger and kill some folks? There’s a town a few miles away with murderable young men. He wants the thrill of danger? Lie with your enemy’s lady and put yourself in vulnerable positions- only to prove your strength at the last second. What a messed up person.
This story wouldn’t be so sad if it weren’t the current cultural climate right now. Do what feels right, life is short, yolo, hashtag, etc. “Follow your heart” seems to be a mantra for the current climate. Sounds cool, but the prophet Jeremiah said, “the heart is deceitful above all things, who can trust it?” In effect, he’s saying, “Your heart will lie to you a LOT- YOU CAN’T TRUST IT!!” (Ergo, maybe following a lying entity isn’t in your best interest) Samson stands as a beacon of what happens when the heart is followed. And so is Hitler, and every serial killer. They were just following their hearts.
Now-99.999999% of y’all won’t go the Hitler route, or the serial killer route. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have it within you to make some really bad decisions though. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be times when you really wanted something and thought, “I gotta have that!” only to regret that decision months, days, or even minutes later.
Instead of relying on feelings which can lie to you; rely on the word of God. Struggle through the parts that don’t make sense and the parts that don’t line up with your feelings; remember-the heart is deceptive. Keep the option open that maybe….just maybe…you could be wrong. You could be wrong about yourself, about others, about everything really. Seriously, how many times have you made friends with someone who at first you really didn’t think you were going to like?
In closing: the world says that there’s freedom in following your heart. I would say, there’s bondage in following the heart, look at Samson. Freedom actually comes from NOT following your heart all the time. Freedom comes from establishing a standard outside of yourself; God’s word.