There’s a lot of talk these days about believing in yourself. You know, You can do anything if you just believe in yourself and follow your heart. Everything is about self-esteem. People are so badly off because they have low self-esteem and if we could just boost that up, the whole world could unite in peace and harmony. Uh-huh.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think the problem is low self-esteem. As a matter of fact, I think the exact opposite. Do men destroy others because of LOW self-esteem? Was the Holocaust a result of low or high self-esteem? We seem to have no problem of low self-esteem. In fact, humans have a way of pridefully thinking of themselves HIGHER than they ought to. Hence all the follow-your-heart jazz.
Do you know what your heart is? The Bible tells us what our hearts are like in Jeremiah 17:9:
“The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?”
Do you really want to follow something that is deceitful and wicked? Because of the Fall into sin, our hearts can deceive us and we can’t even understand our own hearts.
In contrast to that, there is something, or rather someone, we should follow. As a matter of elimination, it can’t be someone who is human because all humans have hearts that are deceitful. So it must be Someone who is not human. May I offer a suggestion?
(1 John 1:5) This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
(Psalms 5:4) For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
(Psalm 18:30) This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
I think I will follow the Lord.