Friends, have you ever been advised to “Follow your heart,” or encouraged with the phrases: “It’s always been in you,” or “You’ve got this!” Most often folks say these phrases as thoughtful exhortations meant to uplift and inspire. However, … should we??
In the Bible, God lovingly teaches us (repeatedly) that trusting our own hearts can be exceedingly harmful…not only for ourselves, but for those placed in our paths as well. (Jeremiah 17:9; Prov 28:6; Matthew 15; Philippians 3) This realization is not for the faint of heart (pun-intended). But according to 1 Thessalonians 5:14…it 100% is! There will be gut-wrenching, God-gifted moments in our lives when we recognize that our hearts are not capable of leading us wisely nor selflessly. We need to see how “faint of heart” we actually are. All the while, ignoring the collective voice of society that unapologetically promotes the way of “looking within” as the answer for all of our needs. Broken people shouting to other shattered folks to fix themselves. “You got this!” “You’re enough.” “Stay strong.” “Think positively!”
“I have a great need for Christ: I have a great Christ for my need.” – CH Spurgeon
The voice that faithfully calls, “Come to Me,” is the very same one that daily invites you to stop striving…and to rest in His presence. Don’t hold your breath and push-through, but allow Jesus to BE your
strength. (Isaiah 41:20; Philippians 4:13) Jesus wants to carry the burdens that bring you low, and to ease the painful ache of your weary heart. He intends to replace your frequent irritability with genuine compassion. He wants to substitute the grumbling of envy with the beauty of
”The most important daily habit we can possess is to remind ourselves of the Gospel.” Spurgeon