1 John 3:20-21 “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”
We are the sum of all the teaching, training, and experiences of this life to this point.
We have taken what has been given and formulated a belief system by which we live. For some, it has included pain and heartache, which has begotten worry, doubt, and fear. For others, we have been given much, which at times, can lend itself to elitism, pharisaism, prejudice, and a critical spirit.
Conversely, those very same things can have some beautiful results as well. Pain and heartache can instill a love for true friendship and fellowship. It gave us the ability to relate to those like us when we were mostly alone.
For those who have much, it espouses a giving spirit that allows them to see that that which is given of God is for the betterment of all; not just one.
But for us to trust our heart, its feelings, both deep and fleeting, will take us on a rollercoaster ride that is not of God. Emotions are given of God and should be addressed, but not given the whole of our faith.
There have been times where we have felt deeply about a person, ministry, direction, or decision. So much so, that we are tempted to make our choice based solely on emotion. Good counsel would tell us that the lives of those who’ve gone before us reveal that the end does not justify the means.
God breaks it down for us.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
We cannot trust our hearts. But the heart is to be used to trust God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
There are things to which we are to give our whole heart.
Psalm 111:1 “Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.”
Psalm 119:2 “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.”
Psalm 119:34 “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.”
Psalm 119:69 “The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.”
Jeremiah 24:7 “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.”
This list is, by no means, exhaustive to which we are to give our whole heart. But, it is also not a buffet where we pick and choose that which like and leave that which don’t. God must be given the preeminence and priority of my whole heart, as well.
Since salvation, it now belongs to Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
I must love Him with my whole heart.
Deuteronomy 6:5 “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
Often, that which captures our heart takes the priority. God’s position and place upon the throne of our heart become interchangeable when we allow people and things to take His place. Many so desire love that they fear God will not allow it, or it doesn’t happen in the time they give Him to answer.
It may make for a good axiom of life to say, “Follow your heart.” But, it is not biblical. Giving our heart over to the God of Heaven and allowing Him to lead my heart will be far better than allowing my heart to lead me.
Our passage today says:
“God is greater than our heart.“
That greatness should give way to authority, guidance, and control of our hearts. That way, we will see the best fruit because of what was sown, and what was grown in a heart wholly given over to God.