26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
There is a common teaching throughout the world and particularly popular in Western entertainment today.
That teaching is to “find yourself” by “looking inside yourself for true happiness.” It is closely related to the other teaching: “Follow your heart.”
Why are you a fool to follow these? They sound innocent enough.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
God has told us that our hearts are wicked and deceitful, and the world acts as great evidence through all of the problems, pain, and chaos caused by humans doing what felt right or seemed right.
At the core of who we are, we all share a common trait: sin.
How then shall we be delivered? How do we find happiness and peace?
We need to turn to the One who knows us completely, the One who knows all of our sin and all of our capabilities.
Only God knows all of this. And only God is able to deliver us from our sin and sinfulness.
To walk wisely is to trust in our Deliverer: God the Son, Jesus Christ, the One who died to free us from our sin and rose to life again.
Through the Holy Spirit, we are able to walk in all wisdom and righteousness.
Where is your trust? Is it in your heart that cannot be understood, or is it in the One who understands you completely and did everything to deliver you and give you peace?
Loving Lord, give us understanding and humility. Through Your Holy Spirit, deliver us in wisdom to walk with You and love all.