Simple Sabbath: Matters of the Heart

by Alfred Lamar Jackson

Good Saturday to you all. I pray you are refreshed and ready for what God has in store for your life.

I felt extremely blessed to go on a family vacation and just relax, for the most part, an entire week. If you get the chance you should definitely go and check out the U.S. Virgin Islands. The best island is St. John in my opinion. It’s small enough to not be crowded, yet big enough to sight-see and stay in a nice place.

"I felt extremely blessed to go on a family vacation and just relax..."

Heart Felt

Today I wanted to share with you something I read from Jeremiah about the heart. It’s something that I think might get overlooked when people are on the subject. If you could picture the heart as a pair of eyes, I would liken them to someone with tunnel vision. When we go with our heart (or emotions) we are often mislead, let down, or get easily confused. Jeremiah 17:9-10 reads,

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.

You have to wonder where all the mantras out there about “trusting your heart” came from. Are they biblical? Some may think I have gone too far or over-analyzed these expressions, but I feel that a majority of the beliefs or ideas out there have never stemmed from a biblical truth. After all, it is the truth we should all be seeking. The only Truth out there comes through Jesus Christ, amen?

Keeping it Real

So when all is said and done, I believe you should trust the Lord for your direction. If your mind has been renewed and transformed like Romans chapter 12 talks about, you should be all right by using your brain as well. Everyone knows that “matters of the heart” can cause drama. If only God can search the heart and mind of a man and figure him out, where does that leave us? It leaves us misled, let down, and confused.

What do you think?

Keep each other in prayer