What pathway are we walking?
I recall that in the 1970's it seemed that all everyone was talking about was "doing your own thing," and "following your heart," and even "gotta find myself, find out who I really am."
It seemed that everyone wanted to replace what was right and wrong, with what "felt" good and felt right at the time. The idea of comparing what we thought we should do, with what the Word of God said, seemed to be forgotten.
Then in the 1990's there was a wave of "What would Jesus do?" It was a positive change, for many would actually stop and think about their actions or their words, and alter their course for the better. Sometimes they still did the wrong thing, though, for instead of consulting the word of God, they again would go with how they felt --- how their heart led them.
Solomon told us a little something in chapter 3 that is helpful:
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.And today's verse is a precursor to what Jeremiah told us:
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?Wow. Our hearts are not just wicked, before Christ changes us. They are desperately wicked. And each and every day we need His help to become more and more like Him. We simply cannot follow our heart, unless our heart is safely in His hands.
We must walk wisely in the pathway that God our Father has set us upon. We cannot trust in our own hearts, but in the heart of Christ. Deliverance from the day-to-day sin "that does so easily beset us" does not come from trusting in our own hearts, but from trusting in Christ, and letting His word change us day by day.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105