How often do we pick and choose our favorite parts of scripture to embroider on a pillow? For instance, the world says “Just follow your heart”. And yeah, that sounds good, I’ve heard that my whole life. But when we look for a verse to back that idea up, we are met with a whole lot of “Whaaaa?!”.
When I search an online Bible website one of the first verses that come up under that phrase is Ecclesiastes 11:9. When you read that verse it starts out seemingly reinforcing the concept of following your heart. One might even be tempted to start sketching out a new tattoo idea before you read the last sentence in that verse. Go ahead, look it up. Or keep reading I’ve copy and pasted it for you.
Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth.
Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes…
…But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
Say what? God will JUDGE ME for FOLLOWING MY HEART?!? Surely not. Everyone always says “Follow your heart!”. Maybe I can find another verse that will rectify this obvious digression from mainstream thinking. Oh, I know, Proverbs! I bet there’ll be something great about it in Proverbs! After all Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived! Proverbs 28:26?
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
[FYI: Some versions translate heart into mind, which is often considered the same thing]
No way! Not again! What say you Jeremiah? Chapter 17 verse 9 says:
The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
So what am I to take out of all of this? There’s a reason the entire Bible was written. TO BE READ. Not only the pieces and parts that “speak to us”, but the whole thing. I mean, we know when we read a silly CAUTION label that there’s that one person, or even more than one person who has tried it. Some where some body didn’t know not to use the hair dryer in the shower…
He gave us HIS WORD because he loves us. Take it all in, diligently study every word. Then you will know the heart of God, that you can look to him for guidance.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
See how I did that with the title. You thought I was going to get a tattoo didn’t you!? You were all, “No way! she’s getting a tattoo?” No, I am not a fan of pain. No tattoos for me. But if I were to get one, it just might be an iron skillet filled with piping hot cornbread of course. Or maybe this! Ha!