“Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.”
Proverbs 28:26 (NLT)
Follow your heart. Do what feels best for you. Life’s really about what you want. Trust your instincts.
Have any of these ideas been a prevailing thought as you were making a decision? Unfortunately, following your heart, or as Solomon puts it in Proverbs 28:26, “trusting your own insight,” is foolish and will land you in a dangerous place. Why? Because our hearts are deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9) and God is the only true source of wisdom (James 3:13-17).
Thinking we know what is best is a proud, self-centered, and selfish act. In her book, In His Image, Jen Wilkin says, “Wisdom aids community. It allows us to live at peace with one another. Folly seeks to serve self alone and pulls the community into chaos” (137). While I’ve always appreciated that wisdom comes from God alone, I have never considered wisdom in the context of community. But as I’ve studied Proverbs and its chapter after chapter call to Wisdom, I see it as an absolute.
Wisdom deals with moral goodness, the values we place on everything in our lives, and if we each have our own “wisdom” this is not conducive to a peaceful community. When one person says, “this …. is good for me, but not for you,” we have relative values. When in essence God’s word is the only standard by which we should all live.
Our society is entrenched in a multitude of relative values, and we have indeed found ourselves in a dangerous place. A quick look at the evening news shows people protesting over their rights. A glance at crime statistics shows the lack of regard for human life. The political realm is extremely polarized. There is very little community to be seen.
How can we change this? One person at a time. We should make sure we are seeking God’s wisdom as we make decisions in our lives and resist “following our heart” even when our heart cries out with all its might. Think through your feelings. Talk with a trusted friend. Pray for objectivity to hear God before making any major decision. Be willing to trust God over your own feelings. His Wisdom is a safe place.