Why do we wrestle with decisions? Why do we constantly make choices and then regret them, or wish we could take them back? Why do we feel one way this hour, and a completely different way another hour?
It is because the heart is treacherous and cannot be trusted...unless it is rooted in God. Our emotions, heart, and mind have a way of wandering to things that are not good for us. We usually do not even see it happening until it's too late...that is how Satan works, sneaking subtly into the smallest cracks of our weaknesses. Proverbs 23:19 reminds us of this: "My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course." (NLT) Our hearts course is to live for, through, and because of Jesus. Not for our own sin, desire, or control. We need to remember this in times of heartache or consequences. We must ask ourselves, "Did I cause this because of the choices and decisions I made that were rooted from my own wants and a heart looking out for my own desires?" Many times, the answer is, "Yes."
Proverbs 3:5 also reminds us of the Lord's command to trust in Him, because our own ways and human tendencies cannot be trusted. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." (NLT) This is one of my favorite of all verses in the Bible...it reminds us that He will NEVER steer us wrong, and brings only good, regardless of the sinless nature we possess. How comforting to know that God's love never fails, that He alone can bring us happiness, peace, and joy. And that He is the Almighty One who can always make our paths straight, and show us where to go. Although we cannot trust or rely on our own hearts to make wise decisions, His heart is ALWAYS wise and true.