He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. -Proverbs 28:26, KJV
We live in a world today that frequently tells us to “just follow your heart, it will lead you true.” And many people rely on their reason even knowing they know very little of our reality.
That second point is striking. The most optimistic scientists say we may know 6% of everything there is to know about the Universe. Yet, atheists will argue there is no evidence for God. But there is at least 94% that we don’t even know about!
However, we can trust our heart, right?
God tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
In our fallen, sinful state, we cannot trust our heart. We are selfish and want to believe what feels good, not necessarily what is true and good.
It affects our emotions, thoughts, and reason.
The wise person realizes that there is a God, who has a standard and has revealed it and Himself to His Creation – through the written Scriptures and the incarnation of Jesus.
Trusting our own heart and reason may lead us deep into sin.
Trusting the God revealed in the Bible and through the Son will deliver us from sin.